Dr. Jamie Mattison
Modern Foreign Languages Department
Dr. Jamie Mattison teaches Spanish and is the chairperson of the Modern Foreign Language (MFL) Program at UMHB. She also serves as the Director of the Program of English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL). She has taught graduate courses in educational administration in the College of Education.
Jamie, a native English speaker, acquired her Spanish skills through formal study and travel. She received her bachelor’s degree in Spanish from the University of Texas at Austin (UT). She also received a master’s degree from UT in foreign language education and a second master’s degree from Texas State University in Spanish. She received a doctorate of education in Educational Leadership from the University of Mary Hardin Baylor.
Prior to working at UMHB, Jamie had a career in public education. She was a teacher, an educational consultant and an administrator. Jamie served as a superintendent of schools for nearly 14 years, first in south Texas and then in central Texas.
Beyond the professional aspects of Jamie Mattison, there is a personal side. She has been married to Steve Mattison for 37 years and they have two adult children, Elaine and Tully, and two grandchildren. Jamie has lived in Africa, South America, Central America, California, Florida, Michigan, and Texas. She is a member of the St. Stephen Catholic Church and was a long time member and officer of Rotary International.
Dr. Mattison is especially interested in second language acquisition in her beginning level students and in the pedagogy of language teaching. Her research interests include study abroad, training and education for professional immigrant teachers, and Spanish in the workplace.