Premlata (Pinki) Vaishnava, Ph.D.  Foreign Language Faculty

Premlata (Pinki) Vaishnava, Ph.D.

Foreign Language Faculty

  • Ph.D., Hindi Literature
  • M.Phil., Hindi Literature
  • M.A., Hindi Literature
  • M.A., Public Administration
  • B.S., Biology

Dr. Vaishnava has a wide variety of experiences in both Western and Indian institutions of higher education. In India, she worked as a language teacher and taught students at the American Institute of Indian Studies’ graduate-level Hindi program in Rajasthan. These experiences produced important educational insights into teaching students from a different backgrounds/ethnicities and proficiency levels. In the United States, as a Lecturer, Dr. Vaishnava built on these insights while working with undergraduate, graduate, adult and heritage students to develop active interpersonal and technology-based methods for second language acquisition.

Professional Experience

  • 14 years in academia

Education & Professional Certifications

  • Ph.D, Hindi Literature, Rajasthan Vidhyapeeth, 2003
    Dissertation: Harish Bhandani aur Nand Kishor Acharya kaa Kavya
    Focus: Modern South Asian Poetry
  • M.Phil., Hindi Literature, L. Sukhadia University, 1999
  • M.A., Hindi Literature, L. Sukhadia University, 1997
  • M.A., Public Administration, L. Sukhadia University, 1995
  • B.S., Biology, M.L. Sukhadia University, 1993
  • American Council of Teaching Foreign Languages and DLI ACTFL/ ILR OPI Tester (Hindi)
  • American Council of Teaching Foreign Languages Writing Proficiency Tester (Hindi)
  • American Council of Teaching Foreign Languages ACTFL/ILR Requalification (Hindi Rubrics)
  • American Council of Teaching Foreign Languages and DLI ACTFL/ILR OPI Refresher Workshop
  • Duke University Human Resources Management Certificate (2014)

Scholarly Activity

  • Women Hindi Writers of the South Asian Diaspora: A Collection of Stories (in preparation). Rajasthani: A Reader (in preparation).
  • “Aam Ki Guthalee,” in Madhumati: Sahitya Academia Monthly (December 2015). Laghu Kathaien, ed. (Jaipur, Rajasthan: Sahitya Gaar, 2007).
  • “Amrika,” in Anjana Sandhir, ed., Pravasini Key Bol (Parshav: Ahemdabad, 2006).
  • “Shabd,” in Anjana Sandhir, ed., Pravasini Key Bol (Parshav: Ahemdabad, 2006).
  • “Rishtey,” in Anjana Sandhir, ed., Pravasini Key Bol (Parshav: Ahemdabad, 2006).
  • “Qitaabien,” in Anjana Sandhir, ed., Pravasini Key Bol (Parshav: Ahemdabad, 2006).
  • “Book Review of Hindi-English/English-Hindi Dictionary and Phrasebook by Todd Scudiere” (with Matthew A. Cook), in South Asian Review (December 2004).
  • “Diaspora Rachnakaar,” in Hindi Jagat: A Quarterly Publication of the World Hindi Foundation 4.1 (February-March 2003).
  • Sahityik Premkathaien, ed. (Jaipur, Rajasthan: Sahitya Gaar, 2003).
  • Sahityik Geet, ed. (Jaipur, Rajasthan: Sahitya Gaar, 2002).
  • Shreshtha Hasya Kathaien, ed. (Jaipur, Rajasthan: Sahitya Gaar, 2001).

Accepted Talks, Panels and Workshops

  • Connecting Cultures: Importance of Cultural Content in Language Classes. Paper Presentation. Indian Languages in Diasporas: Strategies of Retention and Modes of Transmission (Pointe-e- Pitre/Guadeloupe, 10/29/2015 to 10/31/2015).
  • American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Language DLI ILR OPI Norming Summit (White Plains, N.Y. on 6/05/2015 to 6/06/2015).
  • Heritage Learner in the World Language Classroom. Panel Chair. 17th Annual Conference of the National Council of Less Commonly Taught Languages (Washington, D.C. on 04/24-27/2015).
  • The Challenges of Teaching Less Commonly Taught Languages at U.S. Colleges. Panel Chair. 17th Annual Conference of the National Council of Less Commonly Taught Languages (Washington, D.C. on 04/24-27/2015).
  • South Asian Language Teacher’s Lighting Round on Learning Scenarios. Panel Presentation. 17th Annual Conference of the National Council of Less Commonly Taught Languages (Washington, D.C. on 04/24-27/2015).
  • Role of Community in Foreign Language Classroom: Service Learning Perspectives. Colloquium Session Chair. 16th Annual Conference of the National Council of Less Commonly Taught Languages (Chicago on 04/24-27/2014).
  • Teaching Hindi and ACTFL Guidelines: Communication, Culture, Connections, Comparisons and Communities. Invited Presentation. Philadelphia Pennsylvania. University of Pennsylvania’s Lauder Institute (04/29/13).