"Questions of the power to speak, on a variety of levels, greatly interest me. As a teacher of the Spanish language, I try to provide not only the necessary grammatical skills for interpersonal communication but also a contextual understanding of a vibrant, living language. By teaching a foreign language, I can provide students both with a knowledge of those unlike themselves and the power to speak to, understand and access areas of knowledge unavailable to monolinguals.
My research focuses on groups generally not given the power to speak. My dissertation studies the narrative utterances of authors unable to speak in their homeland due to sociopolitical repression. I would like to amplify this investigation by studying the voices of other marginalized, oppressed groups such as women, gay, lesbian, indigenous minorities, etc., and their struggles to attain a voice. One of my greatest satisfactions as a teacher is empowering my students to speak with reasoned authority."
Years at Knox: 1989 to present
Ph.D., Spanish, 1994, Columbia University.
M.Phil, Spanish, 1988, Columbia University.
A.M., Spanish, 1984, Columbia University.
A.B., Spanish, 1981, Grinnell College.
Introductory Spanish, Hispanic literature: 1700 to the present, Spanish American literature through modernism, twentieth century Spanish-American literature, area and language studies of Mexico.
Selected Professional Accomplishments
Quickstart Spanish, Paper presented at the ACM's Integrating Study Abroad Conference, Beloit College. November 2009.
Campus & Community Involvement
Resident Director, Knox College Program in Barcelona.
Executive Committee Member, Association of American Programs in Spain.
Knox's Team X-Ray places second among 15 liberal arts colleges that competed in an intense regional contest involving programming teams from colleges and universities in five states.
Finals and term projects can be more than tests and papers, as Knox College faculty make engaging assignments and exams -- including design your own superhero -- to evaluate student academic achievements.
A Knox College graduate and vice president of development at the Greater Peoria Business Alliance, Jim Lynch is among the young leaders recognized by InterBusiness Issues magazine.