What is your area of expertise? Where did you receive your education?
- My background is in Romance Languages and Second Language acquisition. I am from Madrid, Spain. I hold a Master’s degree Linguistics from Florida International University and a Master’s degree in Library and Information Science from University of South Florida. I am also finishing a post-baccalaureate degree in Education at Wilson College and I hold teaching certifications in Spanish and French.
What are you teaching?
- I am currently teaching Beginning Spanish (SPAN 101).
What drew you to the Mount?
- Most and foremost, the Blessed Virgin Mary!! I am personally consecrated to her Immaculate Heart and I cannot think of a better place to work. Also, I consider it a privilege to work with outstanding and caring faculty and administrators, and with enthusiastic and respectful students. And obviously, the Campus is so beautiful that it is a blessing just walking around!
What makes you passionate about being a professor?
- I love teaching, especially languages. It is personally and professionally very rewarding and humbling hearing students starting to communicate in Spanish! One can only dream of where the knowledge of another language may take them one day.
What is one thing you think students should know about you?
- Two of my children are also in college, so I can understand and appreciate what my students are going through, and their hopes and dreams.
What is your area of expertise?
- I work in the areas of systematic and comparative theologies. Basically, this means I analyze the coherence of Christian beliefs and teachings in light of reason and revelation, and think about these things in part by drawing from sources not traditionally used in Christian theology. More specifically, my research is primarily concerned with articulating insights about Jesus Christ and what he accomplishes in salvation using intellectual resources from the philosophical and religious traditions of early China, especially Confucianism. Recently, I’ve also become interested in Chinese Catholic theology and biblical interpretation, especially the Míng period thinker Yáng Tíngyún 楊廷荺.
What are you teaching?
- This semester I am teaching Ethics and the Human Good and Encountering Christ. Next semester, I plan on offering a course on Religions of the World meeting the Global Encounters requirement – I am really looking forward to it!
Is there anything that drew you to the Mount?
- Funnily enough my dissertation advisor, Bill Portier, worked at the Mount for a long time, and I always heard great things about the university from him. Beyond the reputation of the Mount as a beautiful place with wonderful people, I was really drawn to the way the Catholic identity of the Mount is lived out. As a committed Catholic with a deep appreciation of non-Christian wisdom and practice, I have always been convinced that the best way for a Catholic community to respectfully involve and engage non-Catholics is not by renouncing the uniqueness of Catholic life and convictions, but embracing them as the foundation of our ability to commune with and respect those who have different convictions or practices. My sense was the Mount already is this kind of institution with a “thick” identity that is both authentically Catholic and hospitable to its core. I wanted to be a part of this sort of community, and to be formed as a person in this kind of place.
What are some of your hobbies/interests?
- Mostly, I enjoy spending time with my beautiful family, often by taking evening walks around campus or playing a game of frisbee or soccer. I also love reading or discussion Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter. Some may say I have an inordinate appreciation for Star Wars and Star Wars memorabilia, including a fondness for the Dark Side. I always welcome students to stop by Bradey 440 and chat about anything from Confucianism or Aquinas to a robust debate about Darth Vader vs. Darth Maul.
Is there anything else students should know about you?
- My wife, Jamie, works as Assistant Director of Residence Life, so we are now a Mount family for sure. We have two little boys Elliott and Emmett who really love it here so far. If it helps, I earned my PhD from the University of Dayton in Dayton, OH and last year taught at Loyola University Maryland.
What is your area of expertise?
- My area of expertise is in the history of rhetorical theory. More specifically, I research how classical rhetoric was interpreted in the Middle Ages.
What classes are you teaching?
- This semester I am teaching Learning to Write, Writing to Learn (with a focus on writing as a way of improving civic dialogue); a section of Freshman Symposium; and a freshman elective on graphic novels (like Maus, Watchmen, X-Men: God Loves, Man Kills)
What drew you to the Mount? What are you most looking forward to this semester?
- I was drawn to the Mount by the opportunity to work closely with students in small classes across multiple subjects (that is, courses in the Core, in English, and in Communication). I was also excited to be part of a liberal arts tradition that places humanistic questions at the heart of its curriculum.
What are you other hobbies/interests?
In terms of scholarship, I’m currently working on a project that investigates how the translation and reintroduction of Aristotle’s Rhetoric changed medieval approaches to non-rational persuasion. That’s a hobby, right? But in terms of actual hobbies, I love cycling and am looking forward to riding some of the trails near the Mount. I also love comic books, board games, and Dungeons and Dragons.