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Carol Snell-Feikema

DEPARTMENT: Language & Literature Dept

POSITION: Instructor

LOCATION: Main Campus, Harrisonburg | RLN 213

PHONE: (540) 432-4164


Carol Snell-Feikema teaches Spanish language, Immigration Issues and community-learning, Latin American Civilization, Spanish Civilization and Spanish Literature. She and her husband, Michael, led the EMU Spain and Morocco Cross-Cultural Semester Fall 2013. A native of Iowa, she has also lived, studied and traveled extensively throughout Mexico and Central America.

She received her Master’s Degree in Spanish from Minnesota State University, Mankato in 2004. Her thesis, “The Process of Concientización in Isabel Allende’s De amor y de sombra,” studies the process of spiritual awakening and critical consciousness in the context of the Pinochet dictatorship in Chile. She studied Globalization and Liberation Theology at Departamento Ecuménico de Investigaciones in San Jose, Costa Rica with professors, human rights workers and missioners from throughout Latin America.

Prior to coming to EMU, she taught Spanish and Service-Learning at South Dakota State University, leading university cross-cultural and study abroad experiences to Guatemala, Mexico, Spain and the US-Mexico border at Nogales. Student service-learning projects have included running a day-camp for children in the shanty towns of Nogales, Mexico, giving out food, blankets and medicine in response to Tropical Storm Agatha in Guatemala, teaching English to Spanish-speaking immigrants, tutoring Spanish-speaking school children, translating at a local food bank, working with homeless people in Granada, Spain, designing and painting a welcome mural on a village guesthouse in Morocco as part of a program for revitalization of rural communities, and helping build a mosque in the Rif Mountains of Morocco.


Minnesota State University, Mankato Master of Science Degree in Spanish

Departamento Ecuménico de Investigaciones, San José, Costa Rica Research and Social Seminars on Globalization: Latin American and Theological Perspectives. Diploma: Formación Socio-Teológica y Pastoral

University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa Education Major (30 additional credits) with Endorsements: K-9 Social Studies/ Sociology. Bachelor of General Studies in Pre-medicine and Anthropology.

Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Mexico City, Mexico
Coursework in Spanish and Latin American Studies at School for Foreign Students.

Scholarly Presentations and Abstracts

  • They Treat Us Like a Paper Cup: Poultry Plants and Immigrant Labor in the Shenandoah Valley,” SCOLAS Conference (Southwest Council of Latin American Studies), Universidad Autónoma de Campeche, Campeche, Mexico, March 11, 2017.
  • “No me olvides: Historical Memory in Isabel Allende’s De amor y de sombra,” SCOLAS Conference (Southwest Council of Latin American Studies), New Orleans, February 26, 2016.
  • “The Art of Leading With: Panel on Grassroots and Community-Based Leadership” with Jaime Gonzales-Miller, EMU Leadership Conference, “Leading into the Common Good: An Anabaptist Perspective,” April 8, 2016.
  • “The Process of Concientización in Isabel Allende’s De amor y de sombra,” Mountain Interstate Foreign Language Conference, Furman University, Greenville, South Carolina, October 18, 2014.
  • “The Other 9-11: Concientización and Solidarity in Chile,” Flash Seminar presentation, Eastern Mennonite University, September 18, 2014.
  • Canto y cultura: the power of music in teaching,” MSC Conference for Teachers of World Languages, Eastern Mennonite University, April 10, 2015.
  • “Experiences in Service-Learning,” Student Success Emporium, South Dakota State University, Fall 2010 Faculty Development Conference.
  • “Food, Agriculture and Society: Reflections on Service-Learning in Spanish and Guatemala Service-Learning Study Abroad,” Honors Colloquium, October, 2010.
  • “The Conscientizing Impact of Direct Experience: Service-Learning in Spanish,” Midwest Consortium for Service-Learning in Higher Education Conference 2009, University of Nebraska at Omaha.
  • “Service-Learning in Spanish: SPAN 492 and Study Abroad Guatemala and US-Mexico Border,” Faculty Development Series Workshop on Service-Learning, November, 2010, and SDSU Service-Learning Training Workshop, July, 2009.
  • “The Human Face of Globalization: Service-Learning in Spanish.” Midwest Consortium for Service-Learning in Higher Education Conference 2008, South Dakota State University.
  • “Getting Students to Use the Target Language: Strategies,” South Dakota World Languages Association 2004 Annual Conference, Rapid City, SD.