Cindy Torres began her academic career at Purdue Calumet teaching in the English and FLL Departments
Continuing at the university, she has logged more than 10 years, teaching and collaborating on development of many programs, such as the ESL program, the International Mentoring Program, and most recently, the EXL Spring Break-thru program to the Dominican Republic.
Currently, Cindy teaches in the Department of Foreign Languages and is pursuing her PhD degree in Second Language Studies from Purdue University West Lafayette, with a focus on curriculum and EFL teacher development.
She has presented in a number of area educational programs via the National Education Service Center, the Northwest Indiana Writing Project and the Carnegie Arts Center and others.
She received her double B.A. in Spanish, International Studies and English, Professional Writing from Purdue Calumet.
Cindy resides in Hammond with her two children.
Cindy’s most valued Purdue Calumet experience: “My Purdue Calumet experience has been exciting and rewarding. As an undergraduate, I was fortunate enough to have studied under excellent faculty and participate in a number of organizations and activities, including tutoring in the Writing Center, publishing with the Chronicle, volunteering with the International Programs Office, and working on activities sponsored by the International Student Organization. As a graduate student, I worked alongside colleagues and faculty, teaching and working in the creation of several new programs and activities.”
Cindy’s advice to current Purdue Calumet students: “I think the most important things University students can do in general, but especially at Purdue, are to get involved on campus and approach their instructors for clarification. PUC offers a variety of EXL opportunities and extracurricular activities. I think students who find their niche and participate in programs, organizations, and activities that interest them are ultimately more successful at the University and in their careers.
The Purdue Calumet faculty and staff are generous with their time and very approachable.”