M. Karen Jogan, Ph.D. – Albright College

M. Karen Jogan, Ph.D.

M. Karen Jogan, Ph.D.

Professor of Spanish
Masters Hall, Room 05

Diploma de cultura española, Universidad de Madrid
B.A., Spanish, Ursinus College
M.A., Spanish, Temple University
Ph.D., Spanish literature and Hispanic linguistics, Temple University
M.Ed., English Education–TESOL, Temple University
M.S., Instructional Technology, Philadelphia University


Karen Jogan is Professor of Spanish in the Department of World Languages and Cultures. She was an undergraduate student in Madrid, Spain and she has received post doctoral awards for advanced  research in Mexico, Peru, Chile, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Ecuador, and Argentina.  At Albright, she has secured external funding for technology, library acquisitions, and curricular development.  She expanded study abroad opportunities though exchange programs involving Albright students and students and faculty from four universities in Chile.  Dr. Jogan has supported student research which has been presented at national and international conferences. These diverse student research projects include studies of transcripts of Spanish Inquisition trials,  research on “invisible” murals created during the Nicaraguan revolution, impact of innovative methodologies in English language acquisition in a Nicaraguan elementary school, assessment of writing and listening in a Chilean university English program, and the changing role of indigenous women in the Andes.

Areas of Expertise

Integrative Assessment. A frequent keynote speaker on assessment of student learning and on institutional assessment at national and international conferences, Dr. Jogan also serves as an evaluator for Middle States Commission on Higher Education with a frequent focus on assessment.

Integration of Technology in Education. A strong advocate of technology innovations in education, Dr. Jogan has involved Albright students in cross-cultural e-mail and videochat with students from Chile, Puerto Rico, and Mexico. Her students have integrated the latest technology in course assignments and in outreach to support diverse research projects. She has co-authored an Open Educational Resource (OER) text to promote study of U.S. culture in Chile.

Cross-Cultural  Studies. Dr. Jogan has designed several courses which focus on cross-cultural perspectives and of cultures in contact. She is co-author of two textbooks funded with grants from the Chilean Ministry of Culture and Universidad Arturo Prat, Iquique Chile: Voices for Global Communication (2018) and So far, so close: contemporary writers of Tarapacá and Pennsylvania (2014). Currently she is researching the life and work of Sarah Eccleston, a 19th century U.S. teacher who influenced early childhood education in Argentina.

Courses Taught

SPA 101: Elementary Spanish I
SPA 201: Intermediate Spanish I
SPA 203: Accelerated Intermediate Spanish I
SPA 202: Intermediate Spanish II
SPA 301: Advanced Spanish I
SPA 302: Advanced Spanish II
SPA 221: Travelers and their treasures: Cultures, Contact, Connections and Latin America
SPA 305: Practicum in Conversational Spanish
SPA 308: Hispanics in the United States
SPA 315: Survey of Peninsular Literature
SPA 316: Survey of Latin American Literature
SPA 318: Peninsular Spanish Culture and Civilization
SPA 319: Latin American Culture and Civilization
SPA 320: Mexican Culture and Civilization
SPA 321: Contemporary Culture in the Southern Cone
SPA 322: The Andean World
SPA 371: Applied Linguistics
SPA 380: Special Topics in Spanish Literature and Culture
SPA 492: Seminar


Recent scholarship (selected) includes:

Jogan, M.K. (2019, January). Enseñanza de idiomas en contextos multiculturales. Keynote address presented at Sociedad Nacional de Profesores de Lenguas Extranjeras en la Enseñanza Superior. Universidad Arturo Prat, Iquique Chile.

Jogan, M. K. (2018, October). Mining for Digital Gold. Internationalization and Digital Learning. Keynote address presented at   I6th Conference of Asociación Nacional Universitaria de Profesores de Inglés. Huatulco, Oaxaca, México.

Jogan, M. K. (2017, August). Transformative pathways:  teaching and learning with 21st century technology. Keynote address presented at 25th Perú Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Langauges Annual Convention, Chiclayo, Perú.

Jogan, M.K. (2015, July). Listening to U.S. culture:  adapting authentic listening texts. Keynote address presented at the 23rd Peru Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages Convention, Universidad Privada Antenor Orrego, Trujillo Perú.

Jogan, M. K. (2013, January). More than words:  Strategies to build vocabulary. Keynote address presented at the Pennsylvania Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages Convention, Community College of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA.

Jogan, M. K. (2010, November). Acreditación internacional:  El modelo de evaluación norteamericano y sus proyecciones en Chile [International accreditation:  The model of US evaluation and projections in Chile]. Keynote address presented at the Third

International Academic Seminar on Accreditation, National Accreditation Agency of Chile, Santiago, Chile.

Professional Activities

Board of Directors and Conference Organizer: Perú TESOL Association (Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages), an affiliate of TESOL International.

Reviewer of publications of ANUPI Mexico  (Asociación National Universitaria de Profesores de Inglés), an affiliate of TESOL International

Evaluator, Team Chair, Commissioner (2018-2020):  Middle States Commission of Higher Education

Awards and Grants

United Methodist Teaching Award, for Exemplary Teaching, Albright College

Christian and Mary Lindback Award, Albright College

Trustees’ Award for Excellence in Teaching, Albright College

The Class of  ’49 Annadora Vesper Shirk Award for Outstanding Faculty Scholarship, Albright College

Nomination, Mildenberger Prize, for outstanding journal article on the teaching of foreign language. (Nominated by Foreign Language Annals)

Certificate, Pennsylvania Secretary of Education Donald Carroll, “in grateful recognition of dedicated service to foreign language education and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.”

Fulbright Hays Award, Commission for Educational Interchange between the United States of America and Chile. Senior Fulbright Scholar in Theoretical and Applied Linguistics.

Fulbright-Hays Award, Commission for Educational Exchange between the United States of America and Perú. Senior Fulbright Scholar in Theoretical and Applied Linguistics.

Grants through Title VI project, Yale University Programs in International Educational Resources for summer study programs and travel to Ecuador, Chiapas, Washington D.C. and the Caribbean

MECESUP, Chilean Ministry of Educaion, (Programa de Mejoramiento de Calidad y la Equidad de la Educacion Superior), for collaboration on MECESUP grants at various Chilean universities

National Endowment for the Humanities, grant for summer institute on pre-Columbian texts, Johns Hopkins University

Travel grant, Embassy of Spain Trade Commission to visit educational institutions in Spain

U.S. Department of Education OBEMLA grant (Office of Bilingual Education – Minority Language Affairs),  for post-doctoral study of assessment, Cornell University