Mary O'Donnell

Mary O'Donnell

Assistant Teaching Professor of Spanish

Curriculum Vitae


Room:NQ M084

Department: Modern Languages and Classics

I earned a Ph.D. in Second Language Acquisition specializing in Language Program Direction from the University of Iowa in 2005. I also earned a MA in Spanish literature from the University of Notre Dame. I am beginning my second year at Ball State having begun my tenure in Muncie in 2020. Most recently, I coordinated the K-12 Foreign Language Teacher Licensure program at James Madison University. I have also served as the Director of Intermediate Spanish at Purdue University, where I trained, supervised, and mentored teaching faculty and graduate teaching assistants. My areas of academic interest include teaching introductory Spanish language courses, the theories of second language acquisition, foreign language assessment, and teacher training and supervision. 

*Increasing language awareness and self-efficacy in foreign language students using self-assessment and the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines. Language Awareness, 24.4, 283-302. (with E. Kissling) 2015
*Student-centered Peer Response with Foreign Language Writing, The Language Educator Mar./Apr. 28-31. 2015 
*Using Peer Response to Support a Process-oriented, Standards-based Approach to Writing with Beginning-level Second Language Learners, Hispania, 97.3, 413-429. 2014 
*Second Language Learners’ Use of Marginal Glosses, Foreign Language Annals, 45, 543-563. 2012
*Finding Middle Ground in Second Language Reading: Pedagogic Modifications that Increase Comprehensibility and Vocabulary Acquisition while Preserving Authentic Features, Modern Language Journal, 93, 512-533. 2009
Policies and Practices in Foreign Language Writing at the College Level:
Survey Results and Implications, Foreign Language Annals, 40, 650-671. 2007


Course Schedule
Course No. Section Times Days Location
Beginning Spanish 1 101 2 0000 - 0000 OL, room ONLINE
Beginning Spanish 1 101 2 0900 - 0950 M W F NQ, room 293
Beginning Spanish 1 101 3 0000 - 0000 OL, room ONLINE
Beginning Spanish 1 101 3 1100 - 1150 M W F NQ, room 293
Beginning Spanish 1 101 4 0000 - 0000 OL, room ONLINE
Beginning Spanish 1 101 4 1300 - 1350 M W F BB, room 220