Sara Mack PhD

Educational Background & Specialties

Educational Background

  • B.A.: University of Wisconsin.
  • M.A. : University of Minnesota.
  • Ph.D.: University of Minnesota.

Curriculum Vitae


  • Internationalized Teaching and Learning
  • Second Language Acquisition
  • Sociophonetics
  • Career Readiness
Courses Taught
  • SPAN 1004, Intermediate Spanish
  • SPAN 1022, Beginning Spanish
  • SPAN 3107, Introduction to Hispanic Linguistics
  • SPAN 3407, Sociolinguistics of the Spanish Speaking World
Research & Professional Activities

Professional Activities

  • Women's Faculty Cabinet: 2019 - present
  • CLA Career Readiness Initiative Faculty Advisory Board: 2018 - present
  • CLA Career Readiness Initiative Faculty Cohort, Level 2: 2019 - 2020
  • P&A Women's Council: 2017 - 2019
  • CLA Career Readiness Initiative Faculty Cohort, Level 1: 2017 - 2018
  • Internationalizing Teaching and Learning Faculty Cohort: 2016 - 2017
  • Mack, S. (2019). Of Intersectionality, Replicability, and Holistic Perspectives: Methodological considerations for Spanish Sociophonetic Perception Studies. In W. Chapell (Ed.), Recent Advances in the Study of Spanish Sociophonetic Perception. Philadelphia, PA: John Benjamins.
  • Sweet, G., Mack, S., and Olivero-Agney, A. (2019). Where am I? Where am I going, and how do I get there?: Increasing learner agency through large-scale self-assessment in language learning. In S. Gass & P. Winke (Eds.), University-level Foreign Language Proficiency: Goals, Assessment, and Articulation. New York: Springer.
  • Sweet, G., Mack, S., & Olivero-Agney, A. (2018). Self assessment in language courses: Does in-class support make a difference? In I. Alexander & R. Poch (Eds.), Innovative Learning and Teaching: Experiments Across the Disciplines (94-103). Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota.
  • Mack, S., and Sweet, G. (2017). “I know what I need to do and now I am going to do it”: Taking the Next Step and Empowering Students with BOSSA. The Language Educator, 12, 3, pp. 37-39.
  • Mack, S. (2016). Variation and perception of sexual orientation in Caribbean Spanish. In E. Levon & R. Mendes (Eds.), Language, Sexuality, and Power: Studies in Intersectional Sociolinguistics. London: Oxford University Press.
  • Mack, S. (2013). Explicit and implicit methods in quantitative analyses of sociophonetic variation, Studies in Hispanic and Lusophone Linguistics, 6, 1, 165-78.
  • Mack, S., and Munson, B. (2012). The influence of /s/ quality on perception of men's sexual orientation: Explicit and implicit measures of the 'gay lisp' stereotype, Journal of Phonetics, 40, 1, 198-212.
  • Mack, S. (2011). A sociophonetic analysis of /s/ variation in Puerto Rican Spanish. In L. Ortiz-López (Ed.), Selected Proceedings of the 13th Hispanic Linguistics Symposium (pp. 81-93). Somerville, MA: Cascadilla Proceedings Project. Full text available at
  • Mack, S. (2010). A sociophonetic analysis of perception of sexual orientation in Puerto Rican Spanish. Laboratory Phonology, 1, 1, 41-64.
  • College of Liberal Arts Outstanding Service Award, 2015
  • College of Liberal Arts Career Readiness Teaching Award, 2020