About the Author
Mary Lee Bretz is Professor Emerita of Spanish and former Chair of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at Rutgers University. Professor Bretz received her Ph.D. in Spanish from the University of Maryland. She has published numerous books and articles on nineteenth- and twentieth-century Spanish literature and on the application of contemporary literary theory to the study and teaching of Hispanic literature.
Trisha Dvorak is Senior Program Manager with Educational Outreach at the University of Washington. She has coordinated elementary language programs in Spanish and taught courses in Spanish language and foreign language methodology. Professor Dvorak received her Ph.D. in Applied Linguistics from the University of Texas at Austin. She has published books and articles on aspects of foreign language learning and teaching and is co-author of Composición: Proceso y síntesis, a writing text for third year college students.
Carl Kirschner is Professor of Spanish and Dean of Rutgers College. Formerly Chair of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at Rutgers, he has taught courses in linguistics (syntax and semantics), sociolinguistics and bilingualism, and second language acquisition. Professor Kirschner received his Ph.D. in Spanish Linguistics from the University of Massachusetts. He has published a book on Spanish semantics and numerous articles on Spanish syntax, semantics, and bilingualism, and edited a volume on Romance linguistics.
Rodney Bransdorfer received his Ph.D. in Spanish Linguistics and Second Language Acquisition from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He has taught at Purdue University, the University of Illinois at Chicago, and Gustavus Adolphus College. He is currently Professor of Spanish at Central Washington University. He has presented papers at national conferences such as AATSP and AAAL. In addition to his work on the Pasajes series, he has authored or co-authored several other McGraw-Hill titles including: ¡Avance!, Second Edition (2008), ¿Qué te parece?, Third Edition (2005), the instructor's annotations for Nuevos Destinos: Spanish in Review (1998), and the instructor's annotations for Destinos: Alternate Edition (1997).