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Norma Valle Ferrer is a journalist, writer and professor at the University of Puerto Rico, where she teaches journalism and gender courses. The daily newspaper El Vocero de Puerto Rico carries her weekly column on current news. She is producer and host of the weekly radio program Agenda de hoy heard on WRTU-FM ( She has published seven books and her articles have been published widely in Puerto Rico, Latin America and the United States. She is editor of the feminist academic peer-review journal Identidades, revista interdisciplinaria de estudios de las mujeres y de género (

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Professor Norma Valle Ferrer, Ph.D

I. Education

  • Doctorate (Ph.D), 2004
    Centro de Estudios Avanzados de Puerto Rico y el Caribe (Center for Advanced Studies of Puerto Rico and the Caribbean, San Juan, Puerto Rico)
    Dissertation Title: FIRE, a study on how a worldwide audience consumes/receives the radio program Feminist International Radio Endeavor
    High honors
  • Masters (MA), 1981
    Centro de Estudios Avanzados de Puerto Rico y el Caribe (Center for Advanced Studies, San Juan, Puerto Rico)
    Theses Title: Luisa Capetillo, the Story of a Pioneer Puerto Rican Feminist (Published)
    High honors
  • Baccalaureate (BA),1969
    Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College (Terre Haute, Indiana)
    Senior Theses Title: The Editorial Policies of the Terre Haute Star
  • Junior Year Abroad (1967-1968)
    Escuela Oficial de Periodismo de Madrid (Official School of Journalism, Madrid, Spain)
    Junior Thesis Title: The history of the first two years of ABC newspaper.

II. Academic Experience/Teaching Experience

  • 1988-2011
    University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras,
    Professor, School of Communications

    Courses taught in the Graduate Program

    COPU 6576  Theory of Journalism (Teoría del periodismo)
    COPU 6725  Seminar in Journalism I (Seminario en periodismo I)
    Writing Creative Nonfiction (Periodismo de interés humano)
    In depth Journalism (Periodismo  analítico)
    COPU 6726  Seminar in Journalism II (Seminario en periodismo II)
    Women and Radio, studies in grassroots production and consumption of radio
    Gender and Communications
    COPU 6696  Direction of Theses or Project/Dirección de tésis o proyecto. 

    Courses taught in the Undergraduate Program

    COPU 4148  Writing for the Media (Redacción para los medios)
    COPU 4017  Introduction to the media (Introducción a los medios)
    INFP 4001 News Writing I (Redacción de noticias I)
    INFP 4002  News Writing II (Redacción de noticias II)
    INFP 4036 Newspaper design (Técnicas y gráficas periodísticas)
    INFP 4016 Introduction to Journalism (Introducción al periodismo)
    INFP 4205  Seminar in Communication (Seminario de comunicación)
    Women’s biography in film
    Communications and gender
    INFP 4809 Seminar in Journalism (Seminario de periodismo)
    Journalism and Gender
    A time for debate, the column in times of Internet
    Wild Women in Journalism
    Digital Journalism and feminism in Puerto Rico
    The Journalism of Gabriel García Márquez
  • 2005-2009
    University of Puerto Rico at Cayey
    Director Women Studies Program
    Created and developed a minor in Women Studies
    Approved by the Academic Senate and the Central Academic Office of the University of Puerto Rico
    Courses taught:
    Introduction to Women Studies
    History of Puerto Rican Women
    Literature Written by and about Women
  • 1998-1999
    Visiting Professor
    City University of New York, York College
    Courses taught:
    History of Puerto Rico
    Literature of the Puerto Rican Diaspora
  • 1990-2000
    International Lecturer on Inclusive or Non Sexist Journalism
    --CIPAF---Dominican Republic
    --FIRE ----Costa Rica
    --Flora Tristán—Perú
    --Universidad del Valle-- Cali, Colombia

III. Professional Experience in the Media

  • 2014-Present
    Freelance journalist and radio producer
  • 2011-2013  
    Columnist, weekly for El Vocero de Puerto Rico (daily newspaper, San Juan, Puerto Rico.)
  • 2000-2011
    Conductor and producer for Agenda de Hoy,
    weekly radio talk show aired on WRTU, 89.7 FM, (
  • 1999-2011
    Member of the Board of Directors of the weekly newspaper Claridad
  • 1988-1998
    Founder of the News Department, University of Puerto Rico Radio Station and Advisor to the Department.
  • 1984-1988
    El Reportero (daily newspaper, San Juan, Puerto Rico)
    Managing Editor and Editor (1988)
  • 1981-1983
    Taller Creativo Advertising and Public Relations Agency
    Copy Editor
  • 1980
    El Nuevo Día (daily newspaper, San Juan, Puerto Rico)
    Human interest reporter
  • 1969-1977
    El Mundo (daily newspaper, San Juan, Puerto Rico)
    Reporter, Copy Editor
  • Freelance writer and correspondent:
    Ms Magazine (New York, USA)
    Fempress (Santiago, Chile)
    ABC (Madrid, Spain)

IV. Scholarship

  • Books (author, editor and co-author)
    Luisa Capetillo, pioneer Puerto Rican Feminist. New York: Peter Lang Publishing, 2006.
    Las mujeres en Puerto Rico. San Juan, Puerto Rico: Editorial del Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña, 2006.
    Luisa Capetillo, historia de una mujer proscrita. San Juan, Puerto Rico: Editorial Cultural, 1990, 1998.
    Fiestas de Cruz en Puerto Rico, tradición y devoción en la comunidad puertorriqueña. San Juan, Puerto Rico: Editorial del Instituto de Cultura, 1980, 1985.

    Editor. Luisa Capetillo, Obra completa “Mi Patria es la libertad”.  San Juan y Cayey: Universidad de Puerto Rico en Cayey/DTRH, 2008.
    Editor. Apreciación crítica de la radio en Puerto Rico. Río Piedras, Puerto Rico: Escuela de Comunicación Pública, UPR, 1996.
    Co-author. El abc del periodismo no sexista. Santiago de Chile: Fempress, 1996.


  • Editor of Peer Reviewed Academic Journals, accredited by Latindex
    Identidades, revista interdisciplinaria de estudios de las mujeres y el género (Identidades, journal of interdisciplinary studies on women and gender) Published by the University of Puerto Rico, Cayey.
    Revista Cayey. Published by the University of Puerto Rico, Cayey.


  • Academic articles
    Peer reviewed:
    Co-authored with Dra. Blanca Borges. “El liderazgo de las mujeres en las organizaciones magisteriales de Puerto Rico/Women’s leadership in teachers’ organizations in Puerto Rico.”  Identidades, revista interdisciplinaria de estudios de las mujeres y el género, Núm. 7, pp. 170-201.

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