MA, Economic/Social Anthropology, The University of Missouri
BA, International Studies
BS, International Marketing
About Professor Aviles
Lorna’s academic interests include Latin American history and economic development with a focus on the Andean region. A committed and passionate educator, she specializes in teaching and coordinating intermediate and advanced levels of Spanish. Throughout her career she has developed an array of language and cultural courses for both face-to-face and online formats which incorporate new and innovative technologies and seek to engage students with the language beyond the classroom.
Professor Avilés has been developing and leading study abroad and community service programs since 2009 to countries such as Perú, Costa Rica, Ecuador, and Ireland. A social anthropologist by training, her educational background lends an added layer of benefit to her students on campus and abroad. She has also worked with the Study Abroad office to develop a new global-immersion curriculum for both faculty and students going abroad that seeks to prepare them for the challenges they may encounter while making the most of their experience and contributing in-depth to the organizations they serve abroad.
Awards & Honors
Johnston Teaching Excellence Award Recipient 2024
Morehead-Cain Faculty Appreciation Recognition 2024
SPAN 203 Intermediate Spanish
SPAN 329 Spanish for Professional and Community Engagement
SPAN 344 Living in the Hyphen- How Latinos defining and re-defining their identity in the U.S.
ROMS 194 APPLES Community Service