Dean

Verónica Méndez Maqueo, Ph.D.

Dean

Dr. Méndez earned a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish Language and Literature from the Universidad Nactional Autonoma de Mexico and also completed her Ph.D. in Literature there. In addition, she attended the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona on a full scholarship where she completed a Master’s in Spanish Language and Literature.

After teaching at her alma mater in her hometown of Mexico City for several years, she joined the faculty at Western State Colorado University in Gunnison. She spent 10 years there as a full professor and later as the director for the Spanish program and Dean of Graduate Studies.

The prolific writer has published more than 20 peer reviewed books on Spanish language arts including several textbooks for middle and high school students that were approved by the Ministry of Education in Mexico. She also won first prize in a worldwide convocation sponsored by the World Bank and the Chilean Ministry of Education for her proposal to write a language arts Spanish textbook for mandatory use throughout all of the high schools in Chile. The book was published and distributed.

She has also been awarded a number of scholarships to support her academic work. While studying for her Ph.D., Méndez spent a summer in the U.S.A. after earning an exclusive scholarship from the U.S. State Department. Held by the University of California at Santa Barbara, she and 17 other scholars from around the world traveled in the U.S. while taking a seminar on American literature taught by top-notch professors.

She became a part of RGC out of a desire to serve Hispanic students as well as those students who conquer a variety of barriers to complete a degree. “I wish to be a part of an institution that fights for first generation college students who are fulfilling their dreams by having access to education. I want to be a member of a team that will not give up and that will not only go the extra mile, but will go as many miles as each student needs to succeed,” Méndez said.