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Beatriz Huarte Macione


Associate Dean, College of Arts & Sciences; Chair, Languages and Literatures Department, Professor of Spanish


College of Arts and Sciences

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Bristol Campus: Bristol Hall 203

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If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head.
If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.
--Nelson Mandela




I am originally from Pamplona, Spain, where I lived until I moved to the United States. I always look forward to going home each summer to spend time with my family.

I began my career with King University (then King College) in 1991 as an Assistant Professor of Spanish for the Modern Languages Department, where I remained until 2000. I returned as an Associate Professor of Spanish for the Languages and Literatures Department in 2011, and I currently serve as Chair of the Department, as well as Associate Dean for the College of Arts & Sciences.

My focus as a professor is to broaden my student’s perception of the world by teaching them the value of diversity in people, cultures, and languages. Participation in King’s Study-Abroad Program gives students in the Languages and Literatures Department the opportunity to enrich their lives by visiting other countries.  In addition, my department encourages students to leave the comfort zone of the classroom through community service engagement, which offers an opportunity to share their knowledge of a foreign language and the culture it represents.

As Chair, I have organized and implemented successful faculty and community workshops for foreign language teachers in the region. We share information, exchange ideas, and discuss new ways to improve teaching through different methodologies and the implementation of technology in the classroom.

During my career, I have pursued and been awarded numerous fellowships and grants with multiple agencies – The Appalachian Center for Community Faculty Development Grant, Emory & Henry College, which enabled me to incorporate service-learning into my Spanish classes; The Mednick Fellowship for Virginia Foundation of Independent Colleges, which dealt with connecting Spanish language and culture; Curriculum Development Grant at Emory & Henry College, Virginia; Faculty Scholar Lecture Series at King University; The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Trust through the Appalachian College Association Fellowship; and the Graduate Council Research Fellowship at the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa.


·      Ph.D. The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Alabama

·      Licenciatura en Filosofía y Letras, Universidad de Navarra, Pamplona, Spain

·      Certificado de Adaptación Pedagógica, Universidad de Zaragoza, Zaragoza, Spain

Recent Publications and Presentations

Selected Conference Presentations:

“Zooming into the Language Classroom,” Appalachian College Association Summit XVII, Knoxville, Tennessee, October 17, 2014

“Engaging Language Learners in the XXIst Century,” Holston Language Association, conducted workshop, King University, Bristol, Tennessee, November 4th, 2013

“Learning Languages Beyond the Classroom Setting: A Look into Community Service,” Appalachian College Association Summit XV, Knoxville, Tennessee, October 26, 2013

“Discovering the Festival of San Fermín,” Tennessee Foreign Language Teaching Association Conference, Franklin, Tennessee, November 2, 2012

“Discovering Language through Art,” Northeast Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, Baltimore, Maryland, April 22, 2012.

“Santiago Calatrava y Rafael Moneo: Construyendo arte sin fronteras,” Southeast Coastal Conference on Language & Literatures, Georgia Southern University, Statesboro, Georgia, April 1st, 2011

Selected Publications:

Macione, Beatriz H., Remillard, Annie., “Learning Languages Beyond the Classroom Setting: A Look Into Community Service,” Proceedings of XVI Appalachian College Association Summit, Knoxville, Tennessee, October 2013.

Macione, Beatriz H., “Review of The Story of Spain: The Dramatic History of Europe’s Most Fascinating Country, by Mark R. Williams,” Hispania Vol. 94, No. 3 (December 2011): 766-767.

Macione, Beatriz H., “Hacia el corazón de Europa,” Revista Materiales para la enseñanza multicultural: la realidad europea 19 (Fall 2011): 26-31. This essay also appears in the online version of Revista Materiales para la enseñanza multicultural: la realidad europea.

Macione, Beatriz H., “Implementation of Service-Learning in Language Courses: A Pilot Experience,” Teacher’s Educators’ Journal Vol. 18 (Spring 2011): 27-39. This essay also appears in the online version of the Association of Teacher Educators in Virginia at www.ateva.org.

Macione, Beatriz H., “Review of Disorientations: Spanish Colonialism in Africa and the Performance of Identity, by Susan Martin-Márquez,” Hispania Vol. 93, No. 1 (March 2010): 150-152.

Macione, Beatriz H., “Nueva Orleáns: el legado español en una ciudad multicultural,” Revista Materiales para la enseñanza multicultural: un viaje por el tiempo 13 (Fall 2007): 14-18. This essay also appears in the online version of Revista Materiales para la enseñanza multicultural: un viaje por el tiempo.

Courses recently taught

SPAN 1000 LECT Introductory Spanish
SPAN 1010 LECT Spanish Language and Culture
SPAN 2000 LECT Intermediate Spanish
SPAN 3010 LECT Advanced Spanish Skills I
SPAN 3020 LECT Advanced Spanish Skills II
SPAN 3030 LECT Spanish Conversation