Program Faculty

Elena Lanza


Elena Lanza is Associate Professor of Instruction in the Department of Spanish & Portuguese at Northwestern University. She has been teaching elementary and intermediate Spanish at the School of Professional Studies since 2007, and was the Assistant Director of the Spanish Language Program at Northwestern University between 2007-2012.

Elena has been teaching Spanish as a second language since 1997 in different institutions in Spain and the US, has organized exchange programs in Spain for American high school students, and has participated as the Spanish author of an online educational language program.

Her research interests are program and curricular review, assessment development, professional development, and content-based and task-based methodology. She has won several teaching awards and honors in different institutions.  At Northwestern, she was named to the Faculty Honor Roll by the Associated Student Government in 2005-2006 and in 2016-2017, and she received the Distinguished Teaching Award for Undergraduate Studies at the School of Professional Studies in 2010. She is a Fellow at the International Studies Residential College at Northwestern, as well as an active member of different committees both on campus and nationally. 

Learn about about Professor Lanza's approach to teaching and her advice for prospective SPS students.

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