Published on September 22, 2021 by Sean Flynt  
Sara Ortega-Higgs
Sara Ortega-Higgs

Samford University’s Department of World Languages and Cultures welcomed Sara Ortega-Higgs as Postdoctoral Assistant Professor of Spanish this fall.

Born in Spain to missionary parents, Ortega-Higgs spent her formative years in Grenoble, France. The family relocated to Puerto Rico in 1999, and she became a French instructor at the University of Puerto Rico (UPR) while pursuing a doctoral degree in Hispanic Studies (UPR) and a second one in Romance Languages Studies (Université Stendhal-Grenoble 3). In 2004, she received her first teaching appointment in the continental United States at Lee University, where she served as a Spanish and French language professor 2005-2021.

Ortega-Higgs’ research interests include medieval Castilian poetry of the 15th century, gender studies and contemporary Spanish novels. Her work has been published in peer-reviewed academic journals both in Spain and Latin-America. Her passion for human rights and social justice has led her to serve as a translator for several nonprofits and for families seeking to adopt children overseas.

Ortega-Higgs and husband Chad have two sons, Isaac and Samuel. The family enjoys traveling, youth ministry, global missions work and the national Spanish soccer team.  

Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. The Wall Street Journal ranks Samford 1st nationally for student engagement and U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 37th in the nation for best undergraduate teaching and 97th nationally for best value. Samford enrolls 5,758 students from 48 states and 22 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference, and ranks 3rd nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.