Faculty Convocation Awardees


Erik Camayd-Freixas, Ph.D.
Department of Modern Languages, DM 499B
College of Arts & Sciences/ Steven J. Green School of International ad Public Affairs Professor

Excellence in Research & Creative Activities

Dr. Camayd-Freixas joined our FIU Faculty as Professor of Hispanic Studies in 2009. He is a specialist in socio-anthropological approaches to Latin American/Latino literature and cultural studies. He is also “[a leading] specialist in translation and interpretation (fulfilling the roles of practitioner, researcher, and trainer).” Professor Camayd asserts that “discovery [often] arises from application, and leads to integration and teaching.” Notably, his training in semiotic and semantic analysis of texts and speech acts coupled with years of experience as a forensic linguist for federal state courts have afforded him an in-depth knowledge of evidentiary procedures and led him to acquire a national voice on immigration policy. His field experience also prompted him to develop “a new cognitive theory of simultaneous interpretation and a new method of consecutive interpretation aided by a digital recorder (now in use worldwide).” Professor Camayd-Freixas is currently conducting research which centers on a historical reconstruction of the Presidio Modelo prison compound in Isle of Youth, Cuba (1926-1963).


Victor M. Uribe-Uran, Ph.D.
Department of History, DM398
College of Arts & Sciences/ Steven J. Green School of International and Public Affairs Associate Professor

Excellence in Service

Professor Victor Uribe-Uran holds a joint appointment as Associate Professor of History and Law. Since 1993, he has provided notable services to the FIU Department of History in various capacities, particularly, as Graduate Program Director and Chair. Professor Uribe-Uran’s most distinguished accomplishment has been service as a co-Pl and director (Chief of Party) for the field implementation of the Justice Reform and Modernization Program to overhaul Columbia’s justice system, the largest federal contract awarded to FIU (20.5 million dollars). Professor Uribe-Uran asserts that “this impressive undertaking” headed here at FIU by PI Criminal Justice Professor Luis Salas, Director for the Administration of Justice, “resulted in the construction of several… justice houses” located in vulnerable areas of Columbia and was designed “to strengthen the resolution of local disputes, including those among ethnic minority groups”. In addition to providing outstanding leadership, support and counsel to the Departments of History and Law, Professor Uribe-Uran, has committedly served FIU through active participation in our Faculty Senate.


Ivanessa Arostegui, MS
Religious Studies, DM 301B
College of Arts & Sciences/ Steven J. Green School of International and Public Affairs Lecturer

Excellence in Adjunct Teaching

Ivanessa Arostegui has been an adjunct instructor with FIU’s Department of Religious Studies since 2011. She asserts that educators should prompt students to build on their existing knowledge by encouraging them to “open their minds, explore possibilities [and] breakdown walls." In the spirit of her teaching philosophy, she consistently explores active learning methods in order to foster critical thinking in the courses she designs. She also creates learning environments built on mutual respect, so that her students are motivated to ask challenging questions about complex topics. Arostegui affirms that “learning is a two way street,” and therefore, she encourages students to discuss their own personal and lived religious experiences. Significantly, class discussions in which students share their primary knowledge of sacred scriptures from around the world, enrich the courses she teaches. FIU recognizes the benefit of Arostegui’s thought-provoking lessons and her students affirm that her classes are stimulating.