Cecilia Rodríguez Milanés
I consider myself a teacher/writer/scholar. These are only some of the roles I happily take on but by far, not the only ones. All of my writing—scholarly and creative, draws from a feminist woman of color perspective. Much of my early work at UCF was focused on editing, reviewing and pedagogic scholarship. Since my first sabbatical in 2007-08, I have returned with vigor to my creative writing with the positive results of three works in three years.
I love teaching. For me the classroom is a place of excitement, energy, challenge and beauty. I strive to empower students, challenging them to become better critical thinkers, readers and writers of the word and of the world. While I specialize in Latino/a, Ethnic American and contemporary women’s literature, I thoroughly enjoy teaching writing at all levels. I believe that good teaching is honest, regenerative, inspiring, challenging and reflective.
It is important to me that my service and specializations be interconnected. As the advisor to UCF’s HASA (Hispanic American Student Association), I aspire to inform, educate and advocate for this group’s diverse. My commitment to women’s issues led me to advise Lambda Theta Alpha’s, Beta Theta Chapter, an academic Latina (by tradition) sorority. My work with LTA has always been to foster academic integrity and achievement as well as helping sisters learn how to balance service and school demands. I was privileged to direct the Women’s Studies Program early in my years at UCF and am currently the Department of English’s Honors in the Major Coordinator.