Bienvenidos Cory Duclos, Assistant Professor of Spanish
Dr. Cory Duclos joins the Spring Hill College faculty this month as an assistant professor in the languages department. Duclos received his Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn., and specializes in Spanish language and literature, as well as oral communication, composition, and social media.
His research focuses primarily on early modern Spanish literature, but his interests include literature from England, the United States, Chile, and Brazil. Duclos spent time living in Santiago, Chile, and has traveled to other Spanish speaking countries, assisting in the direction of a study abroad program for undergraduates in Spain. He is actively engaged in digital humanities and the use of technology to enhance teaching and research.
SHC: How you feel about joining the Spring Hill College faculty and working with the students here?
CD: I'm very excited to be a part of Spring Hill College. I have been impressed with the sense of community here and I look forward to working with students.
SHC: Why is SHC a good fit for you?
CD: I've always preferred to work within small departments and institutions. I am interested in finding ways to work across disciplines with colleagues in other departments, and SHC offers great opportunities to foster this kind of collaboration. I am convinced that students benefit most from learning how to connect the material from one class with that of another.
SHC: What are you most excited about?
CD: I am really excited to meet students. I am interested to hear about their individual aspirations and find ways to help them achieve them. I'm also really looking forward to a crawfish boil!
SHC: What are your goals for the program?
CD: I want to find new ways to get upper-level Spanish students engaged with the real world in ways that improve their language skills while helping prepare them to enter the professional world. I plan to integrate community-based learning into my courses to help students interact with the local Hispanic population. At the same time, using technology in the classroom opens the door to communicate with native speakers around the globe.
I also think it's important to help students in the beginning-level classes learn to appreciate the importance of learning a foreign language. I know that taking a required language class may not appeal to everyone, but I hope to teach others the value of learning to communicate in another language. While I'd like all of my students to foster a love for Spanish in the future, I would at least hope they come away from these basic classes with a greater appreciation of other cultures.
Duclos’ publishing credits include “Scouting out Windmills: Don Quixote in Boy’s Life,” to be released in the fall 2013 issue of Cervantes, and “Higher Education: Pedagogy and Disobedient Subversion in Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew and Lope de Vega’s La dama boba” in Miríada Hispánica.
Most recently, Duclos has made presentations at the Newberry Library Center for Renaissance Studies, the Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities, and the Vanderbilt Center for Second Language Studies.