Professor Omar García, BS, BA, MA, MSEd, PhD, PhD, 1926 Chair of Spanish
Professor García holds the 1926 Chair of Spanish. He is a Hispanist, who studies both Latin America & Spain, and a Comparatist, a published, award-winning poet and a human rights activist. He joined TCD in January 2020 with the specific remit of developing Latin American Studies.
Before coming to TCD, Professor García had been at Queen Mary University of London (1992-2020), where he was Professor of Hispanic Studies and Comparative Poetics (1 October 2010-Jan. 2020); Reader in Poetics of Exile, Censorship and Cultural Resistance, 9/2007-9/2010; Dean for Taught Programmes (Undergraduate and Postgraduate), Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, 1 Sept. 2013-31 August 2016; and Deputy Dean for Taught Programmes (UG and PGT) (9/2011 to 31 August 2013).
He was Research Lead for the Modern Languages Unit of Assessment (Sept. 2018-Dec. 2019). Departmental Research Coordinator (2010-2013). Associate Director of Graduate Studies (Iberian and Latin American Studies), 2009-2013. Chair-PG-SEB-MSc in Mental Health (Transcultural Mental Healthcare and Psychological Therapies), Wolfson Institute of Preventive Medicine at Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry, 2012-2014. REF [Research Excellence Framework] Lead in Iberian and Latin American Studies (2011-2013). Director of Taught Programmes (Undergraduate and Postgraduate)-School of Languages, Linguistics & Film (9/2011-8/2013). Chair-Degree Examination Board (BA) (5/2008-8/2013).
OTHER FACULTY, COLLEGE OR UNIVERSITY LEVEL RESPONSIBILITIES that he held at QMUL: Sept. 2012-Aug 2016 Part of the College Senior Leadership Team, QMUL. 9/2011-8/2016 Ex officio member of the Faculty Executive, Humanities and Social Sciences. 2010-2016 Senate member, one of nine elected members of academic staff from the Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences for the period 2010-14 and ex officio from 2013 to 2016. 2013-16 Chair, Dean for Taught Programmes Advisory Group (Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences). 2013-16 Chair, Marketing, Communications and Recruitment Groups (UG and PGT) in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. 2013-16 Member, Deans for Taught Programmes Group. 2013-16 Member, MRAG (Marketing, Recruitment and Admissions Group). 2013-16 Member, Student Experience Advisory Board. 2013-16 Member, Life Sciences Group. 2013-16 Member, QM+ (VLE) Project Board. 9/2011-8/13 Member, Vice Principal (Teaching and Learning)'s Advisory Group. 9/2011-8/2016 Member, Heads of School Group, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. 2011-16 Member, Taught Programmes Board. 2011-16 Member, Taught Programmes Planning Group. 2011-16 Faculty Executive Member (Chair, as needed), Academic Staff Appointment Panels. 2010-2011 Programme and Module Approval Board, one of three nominated members of academic staff from the Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences. 2010 Member, College Programmes Committee. 9/2011-13 Member, Dean for Taught Programmes Advisory Group (Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences). 2011-2012 Chair (Humanities and Social Sciences), Drapers' Awards for Teaching. 2014-16 Member, Vice-Principal (Public Engagement and Student Enterprise) Advisory Group. 2014-16 Member, Partnership Development Group. 2014-16 Member, Partnerships Board. 2014-16 Member, Education Quality Board. 2014-16 Member, QMUL ADEPT Monitoring Group (Academic Development, Education and the Promotion of Teaching). 2014-16 Chair, Faculty ADEPT [Academic Development, Education and the Promotion of Teaching] Monitoring Group. 2013/14 Chaired and designed the Language Strategy for the College. 2014 Member, College Contingency Operational Group. 2013-14 Chair, Points-Based Scheme CPD [PBSCPD], Faculty Monitoring Group. 2013-14 Member, OFFA [Office for Fair Access], Access Monitoring Group. 2013-14 Member, SETLA [Student Experience; Teaching, Learning and Assessment] Survey Task and Finish Group. 2013-14 Member, Educational Partnerships Board. 2013 Chair, Faculty e-learning User Group. 2013 Member, Humanities and Social Sciences' Schools' Student Support Group. Member, Arts Faculty Board (2009-10, 2006-08 and 2002-04). 2000-2004 Member, Student Services Board.
Participation in External Review Teams and Service on external bodies as university representative: QA Review of Spanish: Team Leader, Univ. of the West Indies, Barbados, April 2019 and March 2012. QMUL representative in the ULIP (Univ. of London in Paris) Review Group, 2013. 10/97-6/2000 Elected to Membership of the Academic Committee of the Univ. of London, Senate House. 8/8/97-8/99 Univ. of London appointment to the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham, UK, as representative of the Education Committee. 9/97-7/98 London Borough of Barking and Dagenham, UK, appointment as University representative to the Education Services Sub-Committee.
OTHER DEPARTMENTAL RESPONSIBILITIES (at QMUL): 2010-2013 Member, Research Policy Committee, School of Languages, Linguistics and Film (SLLF), and Graduate Studies sub-committee. 9/2011-2013 Chair, Teaching & Learning Committee, SLLF, [and Member (2010-11)]. 9/2011-2013 Ex officio member of the Executive Committee, SLLF. 2010-2013 Ex officio member (Senior Tutor first, then Dir. of Taught Programmes), Student Staff Liaison Committee. 1/2011-2013 Member, Teaching & Learning Sub-Committee, scrutiny and consideration for approval of all modules and programmes in SLLF. 2010-2011 Senior Tutor for all second-year students in the School of Languages, Linguistics and Film. 2009-2010 Senior Tutor for all first-year students in the School of Languages, Linguistics and Film. 2009-2010 Member, Graduate Studies and Research Committee, SLLF. 2007-08 Member, Comparative Literature Committee, School of Languages, Linguistics and Film. 2007-08 Chair, Working Party to establish new Degree Programmes in Catalan and Portuguese. 2006-2008 Admissions' Tutor for Hispanic Studies and all Combined degrees with Hispanic Studies. 2005-2006 Deputy Chair of Examiners, Subject Examination Board, School of Modern Languages. 2001-2003 Member, Standing Committee, School of Modern Languages. 2000-2003 Member, BA in Film Committee. 2000-2004 Year Abroad Coordinator for third-year students going to any Spanish speaking country in the world. 2000-2004 Member of the Year Abroad Committee. 2001-2003 Chairman, Hispanic Studies and Italian. 2001-2003 Member of the Standing Committee, School of Modern Languages. 1997-2000 Library Liaison Officer for Spanish Literature, XVIII c. - present. 1996-2000 Member, Students' Extenuating Circumstances Review Committee. 1995-2004 Departmental ERASMUS / SOCRATES coordinator. 1994-2004 Director of Studies and Advisor for Incoming European ERASMUS / SOCRATES students and US associates. 1995-2000 Senior Departmental Examiner (Departmental Chair of Examiners for Hispanic Studies & Italian), School of Modern Languages. 1992-2007 Member, Board of Examiners: MA in Modern European Studies.
EDITORIAL ACTIVITIES (refereed journals): 1993-present Member of the Editorial Committee of HRJ (Hispanic Research Journal). Editor for submissions on Modern Peninsular, Latin American Drama and Poetry, Cuban and Cuban-American Studies, Caribbean and Central American Literature and Culture. (1993-99 the journal was published under the title: JHR (Journal of Hispanic Research)
2007- Member, Editorial and Advisory Board, Voces del Caribe: Revista de Estudios Caribeños.
2009-2013 Associate Editor of Crossings: Journal of Migration and Culture.