In her twenty years as a University of Waterloo professor, Dr. Mariela A. Gutiérrez distinguished herself as a passionate teacher, outstanding researcher and dedicated administrator. She served for two terms as department chair, and was a member of the Senate. In 2006 she was elected to represent the UW at the Council of Ontario Universities.
Dr. Gutiérrez holds an outstanding record of research achievements in the field of Afro-Hispanic Studies and XX century’s Latin American Women Writers. The results of her solid contributions can be noted in the remarkable number of publications. Her several books and articles on the work of renowned Cuban writer Lidia Cabrera have brought her national and international recognition and many honours and awards, including the Award of Excellence in Research from the University of Waterloo (2006), Award for the Best Scholarly Article from the Canadian Association of Hispanists (1993), and the Medal of Honour of the City of Bagnères de Bigorre in the French Pyrinees.
Dr. Gutiérrez was an outstanding and knowledgeable teacher who motivated and inspired many students through the years. Her dedication and commitment to teaching were remarkable. In 1993 she received The Distinguished Teacher Award in recognition of her exceptional teaching performance.
In recognition of her service to the University of Waterloo, the title of “Distinguished Professor Emerita” was bestowed upon Dr. Gutiérrez by the Chancellor of the University in 2009.