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About Jennifer A. Kozak

My research interests focus on International Service Learning (ISL) relationships between the global South and North. Given my personal experience with study abroad and ISL programs in Spain, Latin America, and the Caribbean both as a student and as a facilitator, I am very interested in the impacts that these experiential learning programs have on all participants. Currently, my research focuses on the impact of cross-cultural interactions as motivators in Spanish language acquisition for North American university students.
My Master’s research in Hispanic Studies, also at Western University, examined the use of music and dance in Cuban literature, while my undergraduate work at the University of Waterloo focused broadly on translation, literature, culture, and testimonial literature from Latin America and Spain.
During my time at Western University, I coordinated a study abroad program for four years, designed and coordinated an international service learning program in 2011-2012, as well as a cultural enrichment program for two years during 2010-2012. In addition to my roles as researcher and program designer, I also won several teaching awards during my graduate career that highlight my commitment to being an educator. 

Curriculum Vitae

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Honors and Awards

  • Robert Macmillan Graduate Award in Educational Leadership ($1000) 2015
  • Graduate Student Internal Conference Travel Grant ($350, $1000) 2014,
  • Award for Excellence in the Role of Graduate Teaching Assistant ($50, $50) 2011, 2012
  • Graduate Student Teaching Award ($500, $500) 2010, 2012
  • Graduate Student Teaching Award (Nomination) 2009, 2011
  • Teaching Honour Roll Certificate 2009, 2010
  • Alumni Graduate Award ($1000) 2009
  • J.C. McKegney Memorial Award 2004
  • Spanish “Book” Prize 2004
  • Dean’s List 2002


Present PhD Candidate, Western University