Maria Sandweiss

210 Williams Hall
University of Maine
Orono, Maine 04469
Phone: 207.581.2080

Office Hours

Monday 3:00-4:00
Tuesday 11:00-12:00

By appointment (on Zoom)

Courses taught at UMaine

  • SPA 101: Elementary Spanish I
  • SPA 102: Elementary Spanish II
  • SPA 117: Accelerated Spanish I
  • SPA 199: Spanish Review
  • SPA 203: Intermediate Spanish I
  • SPA 203: Intermediate Spanish I Online
  • SPA 204: Intermediate Spanish II 
  • SPA 204: Intermediate Spanish II Online
  • SPA 205: Spanish Conversation and Composition I 
  • SPA 206: Spanish Conversation and Composition II
  • SPA 217: Accelerated Spanish II
  • SPA 305: Applied Spanish
  • SPA 306: Workshop in Speaking and Writing Spanish
  • SPA 309: Spanish for the Professions
  • SPA 310: Contemporary Latin American Cultures
  • SPA 311: Latinos in the U.S.
  • SPA 390: Conversation Through Film
  • SPA 490: Latin American Popular Culture
  • SPA 490/SPA 597: Social Issues in Latin America


  • M.A. Liberal Studies, University of Maine
  • B.A. Social Sciences (Archaeology) Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos, Lima, Perú

General Areas of Expertise

  • Latino Immigration in Maine
  • Immigration as a theme for teaching Spanish
  • Latin American Popular Culture
  • Peruvian archaeology and culture. Analysis of ancient molluscan remains

Interests and Activities

  • Bringing Spanish language and Latin American culture to local Maine schools, other Maine institutions, and the University of Maine

Service to the Department and the Profession

  • Coordinator of Elementary Spanish courses SPA 101–SPA 102 
  • Coordinator of Intermediate Spanish courses SPA 203–SPA 204 
  • Editor of Lingua: Writing in World Languages. A collection of writings by: Students from the Department of Modern Languages and Classics at the University of Maine
  • Chair, MLC Student Awards Committee
  • Participant in the weekly Spanish Table
  • Faculty Advisor to the Spanish Language Club 
  • Organizer, World Languages Day at UMaine (Immersion day in French and Spanish for high-schoolers)
  • FLAME Board in Higher Education
  • Co-organizer, CHISPA Hispanic Heritage Month Lecture Series