Lorrie Lowenfield Jayne, Ph.D.

Lecturer of Spanish & Portuguese

Contact Information

  • ljayne@unca.edu
  • 251-6274
  • 231 Whitesides Hall

Office Hours

  • Wednesday 1:00 pm - 2:15 pm
  • Thursday 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
  • Note: Or by appointment.

Lorrie Jayne grew up in El Paso, Texas, in the southwestern desert, where Mexico, New Mexico and Texas meet along the Rio Grande. She has lived and taught courses in language and cultural understanding in southern Mexico, the Dominican Republic and Brazil. With a background in humanities, cultural studies and Community Language Learning, Lorrie Jayne supports students as they build intercultural and communicative skills in Spanish. Her approach is clear, calm, and light-hearted, and she offers opportunities for practice and conversation within the classroom. Lorrie Jayne's current scholarship includes poetry and a memoir of her travels and work with a traditional plant healer in the northeastern tributary region of the Brazilian Amazon.


  • Ph.D., Interdisciplinary Studies: Humanities and Culture
    Union Institute and University, Cincinnati, Ohio 2015
  • MAT, Concentrations in Spanish and English to Speakers of Other Languages
    Bilingual-Multicultural Endorsement, School of International Training,
    Brattleboro, Vermont  1997
  • BA, English Literature
    Warren Wilson College, Asheville, North Carolina 1985

Current Research and Teaching Interests

  • Spanish language and culture
  • Amazonian literature and poetry
  • Creative writing
  • Landscape, culture, and identity
  • Narrative and memoir to explore self among others
  • Intercultural and cross-cultural understanding
  • Plants and humans

Conference Presentations

Queer Studies Conference - O que aconteceu com “A Exposiçã Queermuseu”, UNC Asheville, April 2018.