Christina Makara Biron
Professor of Spanish
Ph.D. The Ohio State University
M.A. The University of Michigan
B.A. The University of Michigan
B.M. The University of Michigan
Office: LARTS 348
Christina Biron is a full professor in the Department of Foreign Literature and Languages, where she teaches a variety of interdisciplinary language, culture, and literature courses as well as courses in second language acquisition, applied linguistics, and the theory and practice of teaching foreign languages. Dr. Biron served Chairperson from 2009-2011; in that capacity, she replaced the paper language placement test with an online one, secured funding for 11 new computers for the Language Lab, created our assessment program, and served as the department’s liaison to the Master of Arts in Teaching program. Dr. Biron also created Arts Night, an event that showcases poetry recitations, instrumental and vocal performances, and dance, all by students in UMD’s different language programs.
She has developed a summer study abroad course in Spain, an intensive Spanish language program, and online Spanish language classes, as well as courses in Caribbean music and literature, Latin American Theatre, and Latina Literature. She has served as Co-Director of Faculty Development for the Center for Teaching and Learning and facilitated multiple graduate action research projects for the UMD Master of Arts in Teaching Program. Her publications and presentations include topics related to the integration of language and culture, interdisciplinary learning and teaching, study abroad, foreign language assessment, and language learning through technology. In 2009 she was awarded the Provost's Best Practices Award for Innovative Use of Technology in a Spanish 103 class.