|Professor Marta E. Magellan
||Creative Writing, English Composition, and Literature
English & Communications Department Mission Statement
The mission of the English
and Communications Department of Miami Dade College – Kendall Campus is for each student to achieve proficiency in English in the
following areas: reading, writing, speaking, and listening.
We prepare our students to read at the college level, to express themselves
coherently in written and oral presentations, and to analyze and understand
presentations made by others.
Through a wide variety of courses in composition, creative writing, journalism,
speech and literature, the department seeks to encourage students to live an
ethical and humane life, to explore human relationships, to think and act
creatively, and to develop the critical analytical skills that foster effective
communication in college, career and life.
After obtaining her Master's degree, professor Magellan taught English to future English teachers in Brazil, where she was born.
She received a Fulbright to continue her doctoral studies in
linguistics at the University of Southern California in 1979 but left in order raise her first baby.
She is also the recipient of two Endowed Teaching Chair Awards in 2001 and 2005.
She lived and taught in Japan for two years before returning to Miami. She taught College Prep at the North Campus and ESL at the Inter-American Campus before beginning work in the English & Communications Department at the Kendall Campus in 1988.
Professor Magellan, along with her colleague, Martha Zamorano, helped design the following course that is part of the College's curriculum:
LIT 2330 - Children's Literature
She also serves as faculty adviser to the national award winning Literary and Arts magazine
Miambiance, published yearly at the Kendall Campus.
Professor Magellan has been part of the Miami Dade College family since 1984.