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K-State Today

June 14, 2013

Phi Beta Kappa elects Oropesa as honorary member

Submitted by Communications and Marketing

Members of K-State's chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the nation's oldest and most prestigious academic honor society, have elected Salvador Oropesa as an honorary member. Oropesa is a professor of Spanish and head of the department of modern languages.

He was nominated for the honor based on his accomplishments in scholarship, service and teaching. He is the author of more than 40 articles, which have been published in prestigious academic journals like PMLA, Hispania, Chasqui and LARS. He also has written three books: "The Contemporáneos Group. Rewriting Mexico in the Thirties and Forties," "La novelística de Antonio Muñoz Molina: sociedad civil y literatura lúdica" and La obra de Ariel Dorfman: ficción y crítica." He also has book chapters published by Catholic University of America, Vanderbilt, Routledge and Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León, and is co-editor of the three volume World Literature in Spanish: An Encyclopedia. And he recently submitted the book-length manuscript, "Literatura y comercio en España: las tiendas (1868-1952). Estudios culturales," to the university press of the Universidad de Málaga.

Active in his profession, Oropesa serves on the editorial boards of six journals and was the academic adviser to the K-State chapter of Sigma Delta Pi honorary society for six years. He has been recognized for his teaching with the William Stamey Award from the College of Arts and Sciences in 2011 and an outstanding scholar and instructor award from the university's chapter of Mortar Board in 2003.

A K-State faculty member since 1992, Oropesa was promoted to associate professor in 1996, named a full professor in 2003 and became head of the department of modern languages in 2012. He earned his undergraduate degree in Spanish philology from the Universidad de Granada and his doctorate in Spanish from the University of Arizona.