Dr. Gregg Courtad

Teaching Area(s): Spanish

Title: Professor of Spanish
Courses Taught: Spanish

Natural Path
Given my multiple passions for learning, expressing my creativity and Spanish, this profession was simply a natural path to take.

Teaching Style
I cannot abide by the idea that a student might think my class was dull. I want even the least-engaged students to say that the class kept them on their toes because they never knew what kind of activity I was going to spring on them! I find humor to be the greatest artifact in my repertoire of teaching techniques, but one should never underestimate the power of surprise.

New Classes
I am very excited about the two bilingual courses that have been added to the new curriculum. It is hoped that these courses will attract native speakers. They are also intended to rebuild the confidence of Spanish students who feel their skills are too weak to take a regular language course.

Best Part of the Job
It’s always rewarding to meet young people and to feel you’ve made a difference in their lives. I also enjoy traveling as a part of Mount Union-related opportunities and as a professor striving to improve my teaching and linguistic skills.

Chapman Hall
Chapman Hall definitely speaks to the historical presence of Mount Union.

Interaction with Students
I think it must be said that the amount of personal attention our students receive far exceeds that received at any institution I have ever experienced, both as a student and as an instructor.

Student Preparation
Everyone knows Mount Union has a very effective office of career development, and that instructors are encouraged to integrate professional skills into their respective curricula.

Research Interests
Anything to do with Argentina, The Romantic Era of the 18th and 19th centuries and Pop Culture of the Spanish-speaking world.

Education
B.A., Spanish, Kenyon College
M.A., Hispanic Civilization, University of Cincinnati
B.S., Spanish Education, The Ohio State University
Ph.D., Latin American Literature, University of Cincinnati

I think it must be said that the amount of personal attention our students receive far exceeds that received at any institution I have ever experienced, both as a student and as an instructor.

Fun Facts

If You Could Teach Another Class
I would teach art history (and actually, I do, but in Spanish!)
Advice from a Student
I always learn something new from my students’ research papers. This year, I learned that the Philippines were not converted to Catholicism by the sword, but rather by the diligence of Spanish missionaries. It was interesting to find out that the Spanish chose a gentler course to spread their religious faith throughout the islands than they had in Spanish America.
Favorite Quote or Motto
“Quit whining and get to work!” (I don’t know where I first heard it.)
Surprising News
Politically speaking, I’m a centrist who listens to both sides of the aisle. I can’t stand it when people just spout ideology without doing any serious research just because they think their ideas are unquestionable.
If You Weren’t a Professor
I would be an architect.
Places to Visit or Things to Do
My mother’s family once owned a chateau in France, and I would like to see it someday.
Favorite Movie
The Haunting, from 1963. Instead of bombarding you with special effects, the movie plays with your mind. For me, that makes the experience seem even more real.
Favorite Book
Mine is the Spanish post-civil war novel Nada (Nothing) by Carmen Laforet.
Hobbies and Interests
I enjoy restoring my Tudor-style home, writing and painting. And traveling—it should be said I like to travel.
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