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Joan Clifford

Trinity College of Arts and Sciences
Romance Studies

(919) 684-0774

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Joan Clifford


Joan Clifford, PhD, is a Lecturer in the Spanish Language Program of the Department of Romance Studies and serves two roles within Service-Learning at Duke as Faculty Consultant and Director of Community-Based Language Initiatives. Joan is part if the team developing the Cultures and Languages Across the Curriculum (CLAC) initiative with DGHI: GHLTH270T. She works extensively in service-learning and won the Betsy Alden Outstanding Faculty Service-Learning Award in 2012. She is well connected with the local Latino community and has designed several courses that are cross-listed with the Program in Latino/a Studies in the Global South (SP303, SP306, SP307, SP308S). Joan has advised many Spanish students interested in independent studies tied to health issues within the Latino community. Her experiences abroad include directing the Duke in Mexico and Duke in Alicante, Spain programs and she has traveled extensively in Latin America. Joan is committed to increasing interdisciplinary connections between Romance Studies and DGHI.

Recent Publications

Reisinger, D., Clifford, J. Transforming Learners through Intercultural Competence. The Language Educator 10:3 (August/September 2015): 54-56.

Joan Clifford, Darla Deardorff, Deb Reisinger, and Kathryn Whetten. Cultures and Languages Across the Curriculum in Global Health: New Curricular Pathways toward Internationalization. Internationalising the curriculum in disciplines: Stories from business, education and health. Vita e Pensiero Press, Università Cattolica del SacroCuore, Milan (forthcoming December 2013).

Joan Clifford, Lisa Merschel, Joan Munné and Deb Reisinger. The Elephant in the Room: Machine Translation in the Language Classroom. CIT Blog. April 2013. the-language-classroom/

Joan Clifford, Lisa Merschel and Joan Munné, Surveying the Landscape: What is the Role of Machine Translation in Language Learning? @tic. revista d'innovació educativa 10 (2013): 108-121.

Joan Clifford, Lisa Merschel and Deb Reisinger. Meeting the Challenges of Machine Translation. The Language Educator. (October 2013).