Cynthia Halpern, Ph.D., began teaching at Cabrini as an adjunct professor in 1984 and was immediately attracted to its beautiful campus and, more importantly, to its mission.
Halpern was hired full-time in 1994 and has served a Chair since 1995. She was awarded the rank of Professor in 2004.
“Cabrini is a special place,” Halpern says. “It is great to be part of a community where ordinary people do extraordinary things.”
She describes her teaching philosophy as student-centered and engaging, and says the classroom is a place of learning where students and instructors come to share ideas.
“Students and faculty should feel that they have a voice and can express themselves in the classroom, while maintaining mutual respect and a sense of community,” Halpern says.
Halpern earned a doctorate in Spanish Peninsular literature from Bryn Mawr College, and master’s and bachelor’s degrees in Spanish from Villanova University. Her research interests include political and feminist topics during the Golden Age of Spain, with particular focus on the Spanish playwright Juan Ruiz de Alarcón.
Halpern was founder and director of Casa Cabrini, a Spanish-language immersion experience for children, teens, and adults at the College from 1997 to 2010.
Since the approval of the Social Justice Curriculum at Cabrini in 2008, Halpern has collaborated with members of the Department in the creation of a unique four-year series of Engagements with the Common Good seminars (ECGs) that include a senior capstone project dedicated to the enhancement of Latino education.
The series involves a sustained, experiential mentoring program in the Norristown Area School District. This project was awarded the Phillip B. Lindy Award for Excellence in K-12 Partnerships from (Philadelphia Higher Education Network for Neighborhood Development) PHENND, Spring 2015.
Halpern’s publications include:
Halpern’s students have presented with her and Department colleagues at various scholarly forums, and they have participated with her in research projects regarding topics of Latino education.
Many students have published their research findings in scholarly journals and in Cabrini’s Undergraduate Research Journal.
Halpern was the recipient of the Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching in 1998; was nominated for the prestigious Case Professor of the Year Award in 2006; completed American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) Certified Tester Training in 2013; was elected and served as Second Vice President of the Board of Phi Sigma Iota, the International Foreign Language Honor Society in 2008-2012; was elected and served as First Vice President of the Board of Phi Sigma Iota in 2013; was the recipient of the Teacher of the Year Award by the Philadelphia Area Spanish Educations in 1997; and served on the Faculty and Education Standing Committee of the Board of Trustees at the Academy of Notre Dame from 1997 to 2000.
Halpern is married and has three children and lives in Radnor, Pa.
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