In the past few years, Anderson University Professor Dr. Maria Scott has written, presented, and published several articles. Some of the topics her work has covered include Latino-owned businesses in central Indiana, the integration of Portuguese Americans in American society, and the teaching of the Portuguese language in the U.S.
According to Scott, interest in Portuguese as a language of international communication is increasing as Brazil could become the world's fifth largest economy within the next decade. Portuguese is the seventh most spoken language in the world and is spoken as a native language in the Americas, Africa, Asia, and Europe.
“The research process in my area of the social sciences is the best part of what I do because I get to interact with people, find out new information, and build friendships and networks as I go along,” said Scott.
Dr. Blake Janutolo, dean of the College of Science and Humanities, supports Scott’s research efforts. “Anytime the Anderson University name is associated with academic achievement, it helps people to recognize Anderson University as an academic institution and recognize that the professors here are involved in academic research,” said Janutolo.
Anderson University has played a critical role in supporting Scott’s research. “I have benefited immensely from faculty development grants,” said Scott. “This summer, for example, I was able to conduct research in areas of Portuguese geographical concentration in Massachusetts, California, and Rhode Island.”
Scott sees her research efforts as increasing her knowledge and capacity to teach the class that she teaches most often, Race and Ethnicity in America. “This is a very fascinating academic area for me, and it is an area of study which today has to be seen and studied within the context of globalization and increased diversity, multiculturalism, and multilingualism throughout the world,” said Scott.
“We need to prepare our students to live, compete, serve, and give of themselves as Christians in this ‘brave new world’ of high or post modernity, and I see my work as making a small contribution to that part of the mission of our university,” said Scott.
This fall, Scott presented a paper in Washington, D.C., at a forum of the organization that represents Portuguese teachers in the U.S. and Canada. The forum was co–sponsored by the Portuguese Embassy. She is also scheduled to present papers on the Portuguese language in America at conferences in Portugal.
Scott has also received invitations to present papers at several conferences in 2011, including a worldwide conference on international migration, another conference where her research will be the main focus, and a conference in Canada focusing on Portuguese diaspora.
Recent publications by Scott in academic journals include:
- Scott, D. M. (2010), "A Assimilação dos Luso-Americanos Nos Estados Unidos: Uma Análise Comparativa," Boletim do Núcleo Cultural da Horta, pp. 327-353.
- Scott, D. M., R. Mackoy and R. Curci, (2009), "Socio/Economic Ethnic Entrepreneurship Development Theories: An Analysis of Hispanic Business Enterprises in Central Indiana." Journal of the Indiana Academy of the Social Sciences, Vol. 23, pp. 97-111.
- Scott, D. M. (2009), "Portuguese Americans' Acculturation, Socioeconomic Integration, and Amalgamation: How far have they advanced?" Sociologia, Problemas e Práticas, no. 61, pp. 41-64. [View as PDF]
— Kristyn Rhynard is a senior from Ithaca, Mich., majoring in communication arts. Rhynard is an associate with Fifth Street Communications™, writing on behalf of the Anderson University Office of University Communications.
Anderson University is a private Christian university of 2,700 undergraduate and graduate students in central Indiana. Anderson continues to be recognized as a top Christian college: in 2010, U.S. News and World Report ranked Anderson University among the best colleges and universities in the Midwest for the seventh consecutive year. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, Anderson University offers more than 65 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, education, music, nursing, and theology.