Language Surfers

Anca Bodzer

Language Surfers is an initiative created to bring together professionals from the industry and academia with the aim to explore different roles in each sector, their impact in society and share advice on how to join either the industry or the academia and advance in your career. Each interview showcases the professional journey of different peers from the industry and academia at different levels of their career (new talents, mid-career or experts) and provides insights and takeaways on how to surf the professional path and overcome obstacles. read less


#9 Alicia Rueda-Acedo - Academia´s impact in the community through successful collaborations
#9 Alicia Rueda-Acedo - Academia´s impact in the community through successful collaborations
Alicia Rueda-Acedo is an Associate Professor at the University of Arlington (USA) and in this episode she shares with us multiple aspects of her professional journey: -how to handle the beginnings of a professional career if you realize that what you are studying is not the type of field in which you would like to work -the value of volunteering at the end of the studies to identify what role would best suit you -comparison between the European and American academic system -how to become a professor in the American academic system -to do or not to do a PhD? -the value of service learning and how academia can have a tremendous impact in the community through successful collaborations with different NGOs and public institutions while at the same time create opportunities for students to test different roles while still studying (translator, interpreter, multicultural mediator, etc.) Main takeaways: Be proactive and flexible Do not be afraid to change careers   About the guest: Alicia Rueda-Acedo is a journalist, translator, and doctor in Hispanic language and Literatures She is an Associate Professor of Spanish at the University of Texas at Arlington (USA) where she created and directs the Spanish Translation and Interpreting Program. Her areas of research and teaching are Spanish and Mexican Literature of the 20th century, Women’s Studies, Literary Journalism, and Community Translation and Service-learning. She loves working with her students and different non-profits in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. You can check her faculty profile here: Enjoy the episode!!