​Dr. Patricia de Souza

Dr. Patricia de Souza’s commitment to international education, her passion for languages, and her personal pledge to help develop cultural diversity makes her the quintessential globalista.


A passionate educator, Dr. de Souza has been diligent to help students become competitive within a global landscape and to explore varied cultural and educational experiences. Armed with a B.A. in International Trade from Auburn University and a Masters in Hispanic Studies, Dr. de Souza has assembled a unique pedagogy that compliments her expertise. Her doctoral dissertation examined institutional transformation through the process of internationalization at Stanford University, Kalamazoo College, and Troy University.

As a Brazilian American, she is multicultural and multilingual which is an immeasurable asset in any educational space. Her apt to learn new languages and cultures reflects the respect that she has for diverse cultures, issues of identity and her desire for meaningful connections with stakeholders working at all levels. Dr. Patricia de Souza’s is consistently doing research and making international community connections to strengthen and create opportunities for her student and the university at large. Her goal is to make Claflin University a commanding force on the global landscape.


  • Ph.D., Higher Education Administration, Auburn University

Dissertation Title: Transformation of Higher Education through the Process of Internationalization

  • M.A., Hispanic Studies, Auburn University
  • B.A. in International Trade, Auburn University 

Research Interests

  • Institutional transformation through comprehensive internationalization
  • Internationalization
  • Second-language acquisition of Spanish & Portuguese
  • Leadership and intercultural competence
  • Study abroad


Dr. deSouza’s research moved beyond theory into reality when she had the opportunity to apply content knowledge in the real-world setting of with various international programs such as the Fulton County Educational Trade Mission trip to Brazil, Morehouse Pan-African Global Experience to Brazil, Fulton County Global Youth Leadership Program, Morehouse in Bahia Fulbright-Hays Group Project Abroad, Spelman Student Affairs Global Experience in Argentina and United Negro College Fund-Mellon Program for the Faculty Career Enhance Programs in Brazil.

Her work experience in multiple levels of government, diplomacy, cultural competency and content knowledge allowed her to be resourceful in the classroom as well as in research and service. It gives her the opportunity to apply her unique skill set and expertise in globalization and higher education in such environment, creating a thoughtful, educational and productive experience for all involved. She established and reinforced strong relationships in the global education community here and abroad.

She is an international educator, scholar, and leader that enjoy multitasking and wearing multiple hats. She thrives in high-intensity, deadline-oriented, and work environments. She is strategic, resourceful and results-driven, which is important to programs that require organization, exceptional planning, flexibility, responsiveness, diplomacy and assessment.

Activities and Honors

  • Spelman College Athletics “Jaguar Teacher of the Year” Award, Spelman College, Atlanta, Georgia, 2008
  • Pauline E. Drake Program “The Silver and Green Teacher of Year” Award, Spelman College, Atlanta, Georgia, 2008
  • Cobb County Teacher Language Program Scholarship Recipient, Middlebury College Intensive Portuguese Summer Language Program, Middlebury College, Middlebury, Vermont, 2006

Recent Presentations

Developing Intercultural Competence and Leadership in Portuguese Curriculum,” American Organization of Teachers for Portuguese, UC Berkeley, California, August 2016.

“Leveraging International Partnerships with Brazil to Build Portuguese Language Programs,” American Association of Teachers for Spanish and Portuguese, Panama City, Panama, July 2014

“An Overview of the Portuguese Program at Spelman College,” American Association of Teachers for Spanish and Portuguese, San Antonio, Texas, July 2013

“Technology and Innovating Methods in the Teaching of Portuguese for English and Spanish Speakers,” American Association of Teachers for Spanish and Portuguese, San Antonio, Texas, July 2013

“Educating Students to Compete and Live in a Global Environment,” 1st Annual International Conference of Black Consciousness (presented in both English and Portuguese), Zumbi Dos Palmares University, São Paulo, Brazil, November 2012

“Latina Role Models: Un estudio de los personajes femeninos en Bailando en Silencio y Fronterizas,” 2nd Annual Latino/a Literature and Culture: A Student Symposium at the University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia, April, 2003

Dr. Patricia de Souza
​Dr. Patricia de Souza
Assistant Profssor of Hispanic Studies and Director of International Education
  • School of Humanities & Social Sciences
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