Carlos Miguel-Pueyo, professor of Spanish and head of the Spanish section at Valparaiso University, has been invited by the Royal Spanish Academy of Language to serve as one of two correspondents from the United States for a newly created international initiative.

“This is a distinctive honor and brings recognition to Valparaiso University and the Department of World Languages and Cultures,” Miguel-Pueyo said. “I am extremely happy as this opportunity to serve at a very high level is something we can only dream of.”

Miguel-Pueyo was selected to serve on the newly created “Observatorio Permamente del Hispanismo,” an initiative of the Royal Spanish Academy of Language that intends to gather all research produced in the world about Spanish language, literature and other related disciplines. As part of this work, Miguel-Pueyo attended the 16th Conference of Academies of Spanish Language in the World, a gathering that brings together academicians from the 23 academies of Spanish language in the world, including Nobel Laureates, famous writers, researchers and professors.

“I am pleased to see Professor Miguel-Pueyo’s hard work and dedication to the teaching of Spanish language recognized on an international level,” said Mark L. Biermann, Ph.D., provost and executive vice president for academic affairs. “Professor Miguel-Pueyo is a talented and dedicated educator, and this well-deserved recognition is a testament to his contributions to scholarship and teaching and to the high quality of faculty at Valparaiso University.”

Founded in 1713, the Royal Spanish Academy is Spain’s official royal institution with a mission to ensure the stability of the Spanish language. Discussion at the conference focused on the state of Spanish language and study around the world, current related initiatives involving technology and the event’s closing featuring special guests King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia of Spain.

Miguel-Pueyo joined Valpo’s faculty in 2005 and enjoys teaching courses on language, literature, culture and civilization. He also values the opportunities that the university gives faculty to work on other areas, as important in education as academics, such as diversity, equality and human respect. He holds doctoral degrees from the University of Illinois-Chicago and Universidad de Zaragoza, Spain.