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Deborah Arteaga, Ph.D.

Coordinator of Enrollment Management and Special Projects, Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost; Professor of Linguistics
Department(s): Liberal Arts
Office: WRI-A 219
Phone: 702-895-3551
Email: deborah.arteaga@unlv.edu


Dr. Deborah Arteaga holds an M.A. in French linguistics from the University of Colorado. She received her doctorate in Romance linguistics from the University of Washington in 1990, specializing in historical Romance (French and Spanish) syntax. Currently, she is Full Professor in Spanish linguistics at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Dr. Arteaga has taught all levels of Spanish and French language and linguistics and has coordinated both Spanish and French instruction at the university level.

She has published extensively in several tier-one journals (e.g., The Modern Language JournalCauce: Revista Internacional de Filología y su Didáctica, The French ReviewJournal of French Studies). She has published two books, and co-edited two others. Her publications focus on second language acquisition of Spanish and French, as well as on historical Romance syntax. She recently gave the keynote address at the conference Transformation: Cause and Effect at Indiana University. She also gave the keynote address in 2012 at the top conference in her field, The Linguistic Symposium on the Romance Languages.

She has served in several administrative capacities, including Chair of the Department of World Languages and Cultures, Associate Dean of the College of Liberal Arts, and Coordinator of Enrollment Management and Special Projects for the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost. She has also been elected to several prestigious positions in her profession, including President of the South Central Modern Language Association, and the Chair of Applied Linguistics Division of the Modern Language Association.

Teaching is a passion for Dr. Arteaga. She has won two prestigious teaching awards at UNLV, the Rita Deanin Abbey Teaching Award and the Distinguished Teaching Award. Recently, she was honored with the Excellence in Teaching Award, Post-secondary, from Southwest Conference on Language Teaching. College professors in nine states (Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, and Utah) are eligible for this award.

Areas of Specialization

  • Adult Second Language Acquisition in Spanish
  • Adult Second Language Acquisition in French
  • The importance of Spanish regional and social variation in language teaching
  • Language for Specific Purposes
  • Historical linguistics (French, Spanish)