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Teaching Assistant Professor of Spanish | Dey 120

At UNC since 2017


M.A. Economic/Social Anthropology, The University of Missouri
B.A. International Studies and B.S. International Marketing


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.

Typical Courses

  • SPAN 101 Online
  • SPAN 203 Intermediate Spanish
  • SPAN 300 Advanced Spanish Composition and Grammar Review