Dr. Maria Engen has a long and distinguished career as a teacher at various schools and universities, including UT Dallas; Austin College at Sherman, Texas; and the University of Missouri at Kansas City, Missouri. In her chosen profession as educator, Dr. Engen has had the opportunity to diagnose and design educational programs, and serve as a counselor and evaluator of students' academic strengths and weaknesses; plan instructional programs for maximum effectiveness to bring knowledge and preparedness to the forefront in student preparation for the world of work.
In addition to the Fulbright Fellowship awarded for the period 1956-59, Dr. Engen also was the recipient of the 1957-58 "Panama Pacific International Exposition Memorial Fellowship in Pacific Coast History," which included a research grant for study of Pacific Coast history at the University of California at Berkeley. At the University of Madrid, she also received the Premio Extraordinario en Licenciatura, and the Summa cum Laude for her doctorate dissertation.
Dr. Engen is a member of many professional associations, including the Spanish Heritage Association, The American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese, and The Spanish Historical Society. She has also been a consultant to several large corporations concerning language and culture, including Rockwell International, Texas Instruments, Otis Engineering, and the U.S. Army Reserves. In addition to teaching at all levels of the Spanish language, Dr. Engen helped design certain courses at UT Dallas, including advanced workshops in language and culture, composition and style and functional Spanish.
She became a follower of Herbert Eugene Bolton, the great historian and researcher on the Spanish Borderland, and she combines her educational experience and research on the "Bolton School" with her teaching of the Spanish language and culture.