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Interim Assistant Dean

University of Central Oklahoma (405) 974-5857 Modern Languages, Lit, Cultural Std LAS 251P , Box 96


Guillermo Martínez-Sotelo, Ph.D., is a professor of Spanish in the Department of Modern Languages and interim associate dean for the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Central Oklahoma. Born in Mexico, he received his bachelor's in Hispanic-American literature from the Universidad de Sonora. After, he came to the United States to get his M.A. in Spanish from the University of Arizona in Tucson where he also later received a Ph.D. at the same University. His area of specialization is Latin American film and Latin American cultural studies.

His research area of interest in Latin American cinema focused on the ones that have been produced after the dictatorships in the countries that had them and cultural studies. He has published several essays in peer-reviewed journals about his research. In addition, he has presented the results of that research at national and international conferences.

Martinez has served in several leadership roles at the University of Central Oklahoma. Currently, he is the Assistant hair of the Modern Languages Department, he is a reviewer for the Higher Learning Commission, and he has been a faculty mentor in the Hispanic Success Initiative (HSI) since its creation, in 2014. In his free time, he likes to watch movies with his wife and play with his two children.

Education and Certifications

  • University of Arizona, Ph.D. in Latin American Film and Culture
  • University of Arizona, M.A. in Hispanic American Literature 
  • Universidad de Sonora, B.A. in Literaturas Hispanoamericanas

Classes Taught

Spanish 1114 – First semester of Spanish Language
Spanish 2000 – Spanish for Health Professions
Spanish 2113 – Intermediate I
Spanish 2333 – Spanish Reading & Composition
Spanish 3013 – Hispanic American Culture and Civilization
Spanish 3223 – Introduction to Spanish Literary Analysis
Spanish 3990 – Contemporary Mexican Cinema
Spanish 3990 – Cine español: década de los 90s
Spanish 3990 – Independent Study
Spanish 4123 – Survey of Spanish Literature from Medieval to the 1800
Spanish 4133 – Survey of Spanish Literature since the 1800 to the present
Spanish 4233 – Survey of Modern Latin American Literature
Spanish 4910 – Seminar: Latin American Dictatorships through Film
Spanish 4930 – Independent Study: La narrativa de la dictadura
Spanish 5910 – Survey of Spanish Literature from Medieval to the 1800
Spanish 5910 – Survey of Spanish Literature since the 1800 to the present
Spanish 5930 – Cine español: década de los 90s

Honors and Awards

Fall 2022 - Pat Fennell Faculty / Staff Award

Fall 2018 - 2nd Place Winner of the 2018 Masonic Endowment for Transformative Learning Award (to the Hispanic Success Initiative)

Fall 2017 - Vanderford Initiative Award

Fall 2017 - Top 20 Under 40, recognition by The Business Times (The Edmond Sun).

Spring 2017 - Latino Leadership Oklahoma City Class IV Graduate, through the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

Fall 2016 - Presidential award in Applied Leadership (to the Latino Faculty and Staff Association).

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