Dr. Hayer joined the Juniata faculty in 2005 as an assistant professor of Spanish. She graduated valedictorian, summa cum laude, in 1985 with studies in Spanish and Finance at Ursinus College and the University of Salamanca, Spain. She spent four years as a commercial credit analyst and lender in Philadelphia, PA before attending graduate school at Georgetown University and the Catholic University in Quito, Ecuador. She earned her M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in 1991 and 1997, respectively, from Georgetown, having been a university fellow, earning an outstanding student award in Spanish Linguistics, and serving as Assistant Program Director in Spanish for Basic Language Instruction for students in Georgetown's School of Foreign Service. Dr. Hayer taught at the undergraduate and graduate levels at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) and was one of eleven faculty members in a field of over 400 to be named a SILVER CIRCLE AWARD SEMI-FINALIST FOR TEACHING EXCELLENCE. While at UIC, she designed and implemented a Spanish language curriculum with an annual enrollment of over 1200 students and trained over 25 instructors primarily from Argentina, Chile, Mexico and Spain regarding materials development, test preparation and classroom organization. She also served as a consultant in Guatemala to develop a Web site for the Guatemala Access to Intercultural Bilingual Education Project established under USAID/G-CAP's Peace Strategic Objective. At Juniata, she was promoted to Associate Professor of Spanish in 2010 and serves as Faculty Advisor for Juniata's summer program in Orizaba, Mexico.