Instructional Design with Sonja Burrows


Ph.D. Romance Languages (Spanish), University of Oregon, Eugene, OR, May 2010.

M.A. Spanish Literature, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR, May 2007.

M.A. TESOL, School for International Training, Brattleboro, VT, June 1999.

C.E.L.T.A., University of Cambridge (UK), December 1997.

B.A. English, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, May 1996.



Instructional Designer, Office of Digital Learning and Inquiry, Office of the Provost, Middlebury College. April 2016 — present.

Writing and Research Consultant: Content Development and Pedagogy Research, Membean, Inc. July 2022 — present.

Instructional Design Consultant: Writing, Training and Research, InSpace Proximity, Inc. June 2021 — December 2022.

Instructional Design Consultant: Language Curriculum Design and Faculty Development, Global LT, Inc. April 2020 — December 2020.

Instructional Design Manager: ELL Curriculum and Assessment, Middlebury Interactive Languages / K12 Inc. December 2013 — April 2016.


Spanish Professor (Adjunct), Middlebury College. September — December 2013.

Spanish Heritage Language Program Specialist, Department of Romance Languages, University of Oregon. May 2012 — May 2013.

Teaching Fellow of Spanish, Department of Romance Languages, University of Oregon. September 2004 — May 2010.

Teaching Fellow of Second-Language Teaching Methods, Graduate Education Studies, University of Oregon. September 2009 — December 2009.

Research Fellow for National Online Early Language Learning Assessment, Center for Applied Second Language Studies, University of Oregon. June 2006 — June 2007.

Spanish Enrichment Program Coordinator, Adams Elementary School, Eugene, OR. September 2009 — June 2012.


English Language Professor, Korea University, Seoul, Korea. January 2000 — January 2002.

English Language Professor, Universidad del Mar, Oaxaca, México. September 1999 — December 1999.

English Language Teacher, Universidad Veracruzana, Veracruz, México. January 1999 — March 1999.

English Language Teacher, American Studies Center, Naples, Italy. January 1997 — December 1997.


Adams Elementary School TAG Enrichment, Grant Author, Chintimini Fund, Oregon Community Foundation, Eugene, OR. May 2013.

Spanish Heritage Language Pedagogy Workshop, Grant Author, College of Arts and Sciences, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR. March 2013. 

Certificate for U.S. Spanish Heritage, Proposal Author, Department of Romance Languages, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR. May 2012.

Beyond the Comfort Zone: Monolingual Ideologies, Bilingual U.S. Latino Texts, Dissertation Author, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR. June 2010.

Confronting Monolingual Ideologies: Code-Switching in U.S. Latino Narrative, Conference Paper, Spanish in the United States XXII, Spanish in Contact with Other Languages VII, Florida International University, February 19-21, 2009.

A New Paradigm for Heritage Language Learning, Co-Author, Spanish Heritage Language Program, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR. In progress.


Online/Blended Digital Language Learning
Online/Hybrid Curriculum Development and Implementation
Second Language Acquisition and Teaching Methods
ELL and Spanish Heritage Language Pedagogy
Task-Based, Project-Based Language Learning
Gamification and Digital Game-Based Language Learning
Computer Assisted Language Learning
Spanish in the U.S. and English-Spanish Bilingualism
U.S. Latino/a Literature and Culture
Code Switching and Bilingual Identity


American English (native speaker)
Spanish (advanced non-native speaker)
Italian (intermediate non-native speaker)
French (novice non-native speaker)