1. University of Virginia
  2. Arts & Sciences

Emily Scida

Emily Scida

Professor of Spanish and Language Program Director, Spanish (1010-2020 courses)



New Cabell Hall 435

Office Hours:

Spring Office Hours: Tuesday 2:00pm-3:00pm & Friday 1:00pm-3:00pm and by appt

  • Ph.D., Cornell University

  • M.A., Cornell University

  • B.S., Georgetown University


Teacher education, instructional technology, e-portfolios, contemplative pedagogies, historical and comparative Romance linguistics

Selected Articles:

Scida, E., James, K., & Firdyiwek, Y. (2016).  E-portfolios for Assessment of Student Learning in World Language Programs.  The Language Educator 11 (2), Mar/Apr.

Scida, E. & Jones, J.  (2016).  New Tools, New Designs: A Study of a Redesigned Hybrid Spanish Program.  CALICO Journal 33(2).

Firdyiwek, Y. & Scida, E. (2014).  Reflective Course Design: The Interplay of Pedagogy and Technology in a Teacher Education Course.  International Journal of ePortfolio 4(2), 115-131.

Scida, E.  & Firdyiwek, Y. (2013). Video Reflection in Foreign Language Teacher Development. In H. W. Allen & H. H. Maxim (eds.),  Educating the Future Foreign Language Professoriate for the 21st Century. Issues in language program direction: A series of annual volumes. Boston: Heinle.

Scida, E. (2010). History and structure of Portuguese: an overview. In T. Alkire & C. Rosen, The Romance Languages: A Historical Introduction.  Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Scida, E. (2009). The Language of Santa Teresa de Jesús. In A. Weber (ed.), Approaches to Teaching Teresa of Avila and the Spanish Mystics.  New York: Modern Language Association.

Scida, E. (2008). ¿Cómo es posible que un italiano entienda casi todo cuando le hablo en español?  In J. Ewald & A. Edstrom (eds.), El español a través de la lingüística: Preguntas y respuestas.  MA: Cascadilla Press.

Scida, E. & Saury, R.  (2006).  Hybrid Courses and Their Impact on Classroom Performance: A Case Study at the University of Virginia. CALICO Journal 23, (3), 517-531.


Learning Technologies Incubator Grant, University of Virginia, 2014-2015 and 2015-2016, 2016-2017

Contemplative Sciences Center Grant, University of Virginia, 2014

Contemplative Pedagogy Program Grant, University of Virginia, 2013

Fall 2012 Hybrid Course Challenge Grant, University of Virginia, 2012-2013

Learning Assessment Grant, Adrienne Ward and Emily Scida, University of Virginia, 2012-2013

Grant for Learning, University Academy of Teaching, University of Virginia, 2012

Daniels Family NEH Distinguished Teaching Professor, University of Virginia, 2011-2014

University Academy of Teaching, invited member, University of Virginia, 2011-present

SHANTI Cohorts Fellowship Program, University of Virginia, 2009-2010

Grant to Support Student Learning Assessment, University of Virginia, 2008-2009

Teaching + Technology Initiative Fellowship, University of Virginia, 2005-2006

University Teaching Fellows Program, University of Virginia, 2001-2002

T.A. Development Grant, University of Virginia, 2001


Grant Projects:

E-Portfolios in Foreign Language Teaching and Learning

The Impact of Contemplative Practices on Foreign Language Anxiety in an Introductory Spanish Course

Navigating Graduate Life: the Impact of Contemplative Practices on Teacher Stress and Self-Efficacy

Rehybridization of Elementary Spanish (SPAN 1010, 1020, 1060)



Department Faculty

Andrew Anderson
Professor of Spanish
Allison  Bigelow
Assistant Professor of Spanish; Faculty Coordinator, Maya K'iche'
Eli Carter
Assistant Professor of Portuguese
Enrico Cesaretti
Associate Professor of Italian
E. Michael Gerli
Commonwealth Professor of Spanish
David T. Gies
Commonwealth Professor of Spanish
María-Inés Lagos
Professor of Spanish
Anne Garland Mahler
Assistant Professor of Spanish
Fernando Operé
Professor of Spanish
Ricardo Padrón
Associate Professor of Spanish
Deborah Parker
Professor of Italian
Gustavo Pellón
Associate Professor of Spanish and Comparative Literature
Randolph  Pope
Commonwealth Professor of Spanish
Joel Rini
Professor of Spanish and Department Chair
Charlotte Rogers
Assistant Professor of Spanish
Emily Scida
Professor of Spanish and Language Program Director, Spanish (1010-2020 courses)
Omar Velázquez-Mendoza
Assistant Professor of Hispanic Linguistics
Adrienne Ward
Associate Professor of Italian
Alison Weber
Professor of Spanish