Santa Clara University

Modern Languages and Literatures department
Stephanie Daffer

Stephanie Daffer

Department: Modern Languages
Title: Lecturer

Office: Kenna 225-B
Phone: 408-551-3000 ext. 4281


Biographical Information

Stephanie Daffer began teaching Spanish at Santa Clara University in January 2003 after a long and rewarding career in business.  She has also taught at the University of San Francisco and several San Francisco Bay Area Community Colleges. In addition, she works as a management consultant on an “on request” basis. 

Ms. Daffer’s teaching career began at the University of Texas at El Paso where she co-authored an adult education course in Beginning Conversational Spanish while working toward an MA degree in Spanish.  Shortly after earning her degree, she moved to the Bay Area and began a distinguished career in information technology and financial services. She always hoped to return to teaching someday, and is delighted to be in the classroom once again!

Stephanie is a seasoned executive with an outstanding background in global strategic planning and marketing, product and brand development, general line management, and Board level strategic consulting.  Much of this experience was gained at Visa International, a firm she served for nearly fourteen years in various capacities including: Senior Vice President-Corporate Planning, Vice President-Product Development, Director-Operations Support and Director-Applications Development.  During her career at Visa International Stephanie worked closely with the Latin American Region, frequently presenting to senior banking officials in Spanish.

Prior to joining Visa, Ms. Daffer worked for Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC) as a Member of the Advisory Staff, serving as a consultant on multiple projects throughout Latin America, principally in Mexico City, Mexico and Caracas, Venezuela, and as a Systems and Programming Manager in Sacramento, California.  She began her professional career at Electronic Data Systems (EDS) where she served as a Systems Engineer in San Francisco, California and San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Ms. Daffer holds an MBA from Pepperdine University, an MA in Spanish from the University of Texas at El Paso, and a BA in Spanish with a minor in Economics from the University of New Mexico.


Courses Taught
  • Elementary and Intermediate Spanish
  • Conversational Spanish
  • Business Spanish
  • Spanish for the Medical Professional


Research Interests
  • Mexican Literature
  • Chicano Studies
  • Border Studies
Selected Publications


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