María Coloma

Associate Teaching Professor of Spanish


M.A., University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

B.A., Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos, Lima, Peru

Research and Teaching Interests

Community-based learning, medical Spanish, Latin American history and culture, conversational Spanish, community service in South Bend, advanced grammar.


Professor Coloma is a native speaker from Peru. She received her M.A. in Spanish Linguistics and combines a strong background in methodologies of teaching languages and applied linguistics with previous college-level teaching at the University of Pittsburgh, Penn State University, and Saint Mary’s College. She started teaching at Notre Dame in 2000 and has developed several courses to expand the curriculum offered to students, including Spanish for the Medical Profession, Latin American Culture through Film, and Community-Based Learning. Her teaching focuses on teaching aspects of Latin American culture that help students advance their Spanish language skills. She has incorporated community-based learning into her teaching.

Phone: 574-631-7585
Office: 361 Decio Faculty Hall
Office Hours: Monday, Wednesday and Friday 2:15-3:15pm. and Thursday 3:00-4:30 by Zoom

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