Managing Editor Spotlight: Lillian Jones

Meet the Managing Editor of Communications, Lillian Jones!

Spanish and Portuguese Review, Managing Editor of Communications, Lillian Jones

Specialty Area(s) of Research: Spanish linguistics, second language acquisition, computer-assisted language learning, and mobile-assisted language learning.

Academic Affiliation: University of California, Davis

Languages: Spanish, (un po’ di) italiano

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1. What is your role at SPR? Currently I am the Managing Editor (ME) of Communications. I have been in this role for approximately a year and a half. Previously I was an Associate Editor for Communications. In that role my primary responsibilities were social media coordination of Facebook and Twitter.

2. What does your current SPR role entail? As the ME of Communications I coordinate and oversee both external and internal communications, in terms of journal promotion, audience interaction, and sharing of information such as deadlines and professional development. The Communications team’s main objectives are to build reliable and credible digital platforms where graduate students can go for a variety of professional development opportunities and to get experience in academic publishing, grow the SPR brand and audience, increase community engagement, and connect scholars and promote the work and research of graduate students in the realm Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian languages and cultures.

3. What does volunteering as an Associate Editor look like on your team? Associate Editor’s support the Communications team in a variety of ways. For example, through social media management (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube), contributing bi-weekly updates to AATSP for the e-newsletter, contributing to the SPR blog, sending various email campaigns (i.e. call for manuscripts and seeking volunteers), keeping the communications calendar up to date, and much more. If you are interested in volunteering in any of these realms or for SPR as a peer reviewer, please fill out this volunteer form and we will get back to you asap.

4. What is your previous experience with SPR? In addition to volunteering as an Associate Editor, Peer Reviewer, and now Managing Editor, I have had one article published with SPR. The research pertains to a portion of the data collected for my Master’s Thesis. The article was published in Volume 6 and is titled “El impacto del SMS en la literacidad y otras implicaciones”.

5. What is your current academic affiliation and what are your main areas of research? I am a Ph.D. candidate in Spanish Linguistics within the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of California, Davis. I received my B.A. in Spanish from the University of Washington – Seattle, and my M.A. in Spanish from Saint Louis University. My dissertation research focuses on the impact of text messaging in Spanish as a second language on the oral fluency of second language learners of Spanish.

6. What is an interesting or fun fact about yourself? I love running! This spring I ran a half marathon in the Douro Valley in Portugal. The race is known as A mais bela corrida do mundo! Next fall I am looking forward to traveling to France for the Médoc Marathon (costumes included!).

7. Can we find you on socia media? @Lily_Jones on Twitter and LinkedIn!

Thank you for your energy, teamwork, and dedication to Spanish and Portuguese Review, Lillian!

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