I have been at NC State for more than thirty years. I am the Assistant Department Head for Student Affairs in the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures. I serve as Director of Undergrduate Advising, Administrative Head for Foreign Language Minors, Section Coordinator for Lower Division Spanish, and Supervisor of Spanish Graduate Teaching Assistants. I have received awards at the university, state, regional, and national levels for teaching, advising, and extension service. I’m a member of the NC State Academy of Outstanding Faculty Engaged in Extension.
Please use these links to find more information about Spanish at NC State:
Spanish Program General Information https://fll.chass.ncsu.edu/spanish/
Lower Division Spanish https://fll.chass.ncsu.edu/spanish/lower_level.php
Upper Division Spanish https://fll.chass.ncsu.edu/spanish/upper_level.php
Spanish Major Advising https://fll.chass.ncsu.edu/undergraduate/advising/
Foreign Language Placement Information https://fll.chass.ncsu.edu/undergraduate/placement.php
Extension and Community Engagement
I was Chair of the College Board National Spanish Language Commission and served on the College Board Curriculum Development and Assessment Committees. I was Secretary of the Board of Directors for Cooperación Ortopédica Americano-Nicaragüense, a medical organization. I was Scholarship Director and a member of the Executive Board of the Southern Conference on Language Teaching and I served as Assistant Commissioner for Language Services for the Special Olympics World Summer Games when they were held in North Carolina. I have interpreted for service trips to Puerto Rico and Nicaragua on several occasions.
My primary work is with second year Spanish Graduate Teaching Assistants but I assist with first year Teaching Assistants as well.
Hershberger, Robert, Susan Navey-Davis, and Guiomar Borrás A. MindTap Spanish for Plazas. Enhanced 5th edition, Boston: Cengage Learning, 2019.
Hershberger, Robert, Susan Navey-Davis, and Guiomar Borrás A. Plazas: Lugar de encuentros. 5th edition, Boston: Cengage Learning, 2017.
Hershberger, Robert, Susan Navey-Davis, and Guiomar Borrás A. Viajes. 2nd edition, Boston: Cengage Learning, 2013.
Pelletieri, Jill, Norma Lopez-Burton, Rafael Gomez, Robert Hershberger and Susan Navey-Davis. Rumbos. Enhanced 2nd edition, Boston: Cengage Learning, 2012.
Chapter in Lee, Virginia S., Ed. Teaching and Learning Through Inquiry: A Guidebook for Institutions and Instructors. Sterling, VA: Stylus Publishing, 2004.
I have delivered presentations at annual conferences of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, Southern Conference on Language Teaching, Foreign Language Association of North Carolina, American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese NC Chapter, National Academic Advising Association Region 3, and at more than twenty colleges and universities. Four conference presentations have been named among the Best of the Conference.
Area(s) of Expertise
I teach, coordinate, and supervise instruction in lower level Spanish courses, reflecting my interest in foreign language teaching methods. I work with the Park Scholars program, serving on the Advisory Council and Selection Committee, and as a mentor to students. I have also served on the Caldwell Fellows Selection Committee. I have taught in the First-Year Inquiry Program and served on the First-Year Inquiry Program Advisory Council. I was a Hewlett Fellow and a First-Year College Faculty Fellow.