Rachel Rivers Parroquín

Director of Spanish Community-Based Learning
Teaching Professor, Spanish

Rachel Rivers Parroquin


B.A., B.S., M.Ed., Valparaiso University; Ed.D. Loyola University Chicago

Research Profile

Parroquín’s experience includes teaching from first grade through university levels, including in ESL (English as a Second Language), Spanish, and consulting in special education for Spanish speaking families. She most recently taught Spanish at Valparaiso University where she developed the Spanish for Service Professionals course. Parroquín has also been involved with the Hispanic community in translating and interpreting, working with local parishes, and involving her students in community based work. Her dissertation, Integrated Curriculum and Urban Service Learning: Impacting Pre-service Teachers’ Attitudes About Multiculturalism, focused on working with undergraduates in a service learning setting and studied how the selection of materials used in classroom instruction can impact students’ ability to more deeply interact with the community and reflect upon and understand that interaction.
As a joint appointment with the Center for Social Concerns (CSC), she directs the Spanish Community Based Learning Program working with Romance Languages and Literatures department faculty, CSC staff, and community partners to oversee student learning in the Latino community. In addition to community based learning and second language for specific purposes, her interests include Spanish children's literature, technology enhanced instruction (essay review on Didáctica para e-learning: métodos e instrumentos para la innovación de la enseñanza universitaria, published 2007), the use of portfolios in assessment, and integrated curriculum. Parroquín has also traveled to Costa Rica and Nicaragua where she interpreted in urban and rural clinics for a health care service learning course.
Recent conference presentations include: yearly presentations at the Center for Social Concerns' Community Engagement Faculty Institute, including “Teaching and Community Based Research” with community partner, Joyce Long;  "Evaluating the Impact of Spanish Community-Based Learning (CBL) Involvement on Student Learning Outcomes and Community Partnerships" with Shauna Williams at the Assessment Institute in Indianapolis; "Art in Motion - Using Technology to Unframe Oswaldo Guayasamín's Ecuador" at AATSP's Meeting the Needs of a Changing Profession" in Denver; “Reflective Teaching and Learning that Become Service to Justice” with partners from La Casa de Amistad at Ohio State University’s Service Learning Conference;  “Enhance Student Reflection and Production by Integrating Prompts and Rubrics” at ACTFL (American Council on The Teaching of Foreign Languages) with Elena Mangione-Lora.  For a more complete list of presentations and publications, please go to her CSC profile page.
Rachel Rivers Parroquin CV Link

Contact Information

207 Geddes Hall
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Mailing Address:
University of Notre Dame
Department of Romance Languages and Literatures
343 O'Shaughnessy Hall
Notre Dame, IN 46556