Shelli Rottschafer, Ph. D.

Shelli Rottschafer
Professor of Spanish
(616) 632-2116


Shelli Rottschafer, Ph.D. completed her doctorate from the University of New Mexico in Latin American Contemporary Literature and a minor emphasis in Portuguese (2005). Since 2006, Rottschafer has taught at Aquinas College. She is a Professor of Spanish within the Department of World Languages. She teaches Chicanx and Latinx Literature, Film and Gender Studies as well as a Service Learning class where students mentor at César E. Chávez Bilingual Elementary School. In addition to her World Language Department duties, Dr. Rottschafer is the Director of the Contemporary Writers Series at AQ. This series invites four renowned authors to campus throughout the academic year.

Outside of her academic life, Shelli writes poetry, nonfiction, and fictional narrative. When not in front of the computer she can be found running with her black Labrador along the Lake Michigan beaches. Or, adventuring in the mountains with her husband.

Publication and Grants

Dr. Rottschafer has written several reviews for Choice which is a scholarly journal for library acquisition; as well as for Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association Review which is an academic journal for RMMLA. 

Dr. Rottschafer’s poetry, “The Morning Ritual” was published in The Bear River Review 2019 and “My Mother Had” in Herbaria 3.0.

Her place-based writing and short creative nonfiction pieces, such as “The Side Kick” were published in Wanderlust: The Best of 2018 Anthology Edited by Sarah Leamy.

Latin American Studies and Latinx, Chicanx Writing:

Rottschafer, Shelli. La Diáspora de un Atzlán norteño: MiChicanidad Creativity as Witnessed in Bilingual Ethno-Poetry and Photography. SwEP: Albuquerque, NM. 2018.

“Does Social Citizenship Imply a Right to Stay? - Perspectives from the Short Story “La Operación” (2003) by Luis J. Rodríguez and the Film A Better Life (2011)” Border-Lines Journal. Vol X. Reno: University of Nevada, 2017. Journal of the Latino Research Center at the University of Nevada, Reno

“Engaging College Students in Experiential Learning: Learning through Serving, Inspiring through Experience, and Creating Identity through Bilingual Poetry” The Journal of Literature and Art Studies. 5.11 (November 2015). Print.

“Bella’s Non-Traditional Approach to Performing Resistance in Luisa Valenzuela’s “Cuarta versión” Cambio de armas” (1982). Céfiro: The Journal 13.1/13.2. Texas Tech University, 2014.

“Creative Non-Fiction Embracing Chicana Hybridity”Border-Lines Journal Vol. VII: University of Nevada, Reno. 2013. Journal of the Latino Research Center at the University of Nevada, Reno

“Teaching Immigration in Context within the College Classroom” Border-Lines Journal. Vol. VI. Reno: University of Nevada, 2012. Journal of the Latino Research Center at the University of Nevada, Reno

Sustainability and Environmental Studies Writing

Crownfield, Peter. Interdisciplinary Teaching on Climate Change and Sustainability. This is an on-line publication which aids K-12 Teachers develop curriculum. My project “Food Justice and Recovering an Ecological Citizenship” is cited in the “Teach-Food” section.

“Teaching The Environment Through Writing: Aldo Leopold’s Concepts on Conservationism.” Teaching Climate Change to Adolescents: Reading, Writing, and Making a Difference. Eds. Richard Beach, Jeff Share, and Allen Web. Routledge and NCTE Press. 2017 Print. and Blog Project.


2016 Recipient of The Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association Neila and Candadai Seshachari Faculty Convention Travel Grant

Michigan Campus Compact Venture Grant Cycle 41 Academic Year 2012-2013
One of eleven projects awarded the MCC 41 Venture Grant within the State of Michigan. This grant is given to noteworthy new or expanded Service Learning Projects. Funds supported my Engaging Latinx Grand Rapids Course Fall 2012.

Michigan Campus Compact Venture Grant Cycle 40 Academic Year 2011-2012
One of twelve projects awarded the MCC 40 Venture Grant within the State of Michigan. The grant supported students in my Chicano Literature Course who participated in the Service Learning in New Mexico excursion May 8-20, 2012.


  • Ph.D., University of New Mexico
  • M.A., Miami University
  • B.A., Hope College