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Lucy G. Willis

Dr. Lucy G. Willis

Dr. Lucy G. Willis
Modern Languages



Dr. Lucy G. Willis holds a B.A. in Spanish & English and a M.A. in Spanish from Southwest Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas, and a Ph.D. in Spanish Education from the University of Texas in Austin. A professor in the Modern Languages Department, she has taught grammar, composition and children’s literature at UTB for the last 37 years. She was the liaison between UTB and area school districts in the development of the Challenge for Excellence Endowment Scholarship. For over 15 years she directed the Spanish for Faculty and Staff initiative and accompanied professors to Cuernavaca, Morelos in Mexico for the intensive study of Spanish at the Center for Bilingual and Multicultural Studies. She also served as Director of the Dual Language Program for the last 7 years. She has traveled extensively in Latin America and Europe, and enjoys participation in a variety of sports.


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Office: MRCHS 283
Phone: (956) 882-8871
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 Profesor Willis

Lucy G. Willis, a native of Brownsville, Texas, has been with UTB/TSC since 1973. She obtained her B.A. and M.A. from Southwest Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas, in 1970 and 1972, respectively. After fourteen years of service with then TSC, she began doctoral studies at The University of Texas at Austin and completed a PhD. in foreign language education in May 1988.

Initially an ESL instructor and counselor, she has also served in the capacity of liaison and design team director for the Challenge for Excellence Endowment Scholarship Program, as well as director of the Young Scholars in Conference Program. She has taught Spanish for Faculty and Staff since 1994, when she initiated the program, and is currently director of the Dual Language Certification Program that recognizes students’ bilingual and biliterate abilities.

Outside the classroom, Dr. Willis enjoys an active sports routine that includes aerobics, cycling and racquetball.


The study of Spanish for heritage learners and the folklore of the Southwest.


Ph.D., The University of Texas at Austin, 1988

M.A., Southwest Texas State University, 1972

B.A., Southwest Texas State University, 1970

Courses Taught

ESL 1013-1063
SPAN 1373 and 1374
SPAN 3303
SPAN 3330
SPAN 4316
SPAN 4368
SPAN 6380, Topic: Folklore

Office Hours - spring 2012

Office: MRCHS 288
Phone: (956) 882-8871
Fax: (956) 882-7215

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