Faculty Profiles

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Tamara Townsend, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Spanish; Department Chair

On Faculty since 2007
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The Ohio State University
Ph.D., Spanish Literature, 2007

The Ohio State University
M.A., Spanish Literature, 2003

Wheaton College
B.A., Spanish and English, 2001

  • Spanish Civil War
  • Christianity
  • Memory
  • Spanish Literature
  • Contemporary Spain
  • Christian Association of World Languages (CAWL), Past President

“The Courageous Good Samaritans of La luz prodigiosa.” Christian Association of World Languages, Baylor University

Liturgy and Life Review in Marilynne Robinson’s Gilead and Soledad Puértolas’s Una vida inesperada
Humanities Brown Bag Colloquium, Wheaton College

Learning to Listen, Listening to Learn: Christian Liberal Arts and Global Engagement
Interdisciplinary Studies Spring Lecture, Wheaton College

Encouraging Student Development through Mentoring Courses
North American Christian Foreign Language Association, Westmont College

Julio Llamazares’s Narratives of an Unjust Past: Cultivating a Faithful Response
Narratives that Shape Us, 21st Annual Conference, North American Christian Foreign Language Association, Abilene Christian University

  • Elementary Spanish II (SPAN 102)
  • Accelerated Elementary Spanish (SPAN 103)
  • Intermediate Spanish (SPAN 201)
  • Advanced Spanish Grammar and Composition (SPAN 332)
  • Spanish Civilization and Culture (SPAN 334)
  • Spanish Literature Survey (SPAN 336)
  • Perspectives on Spanish Culture through Theater (SPAN 352)
  • Mentoring: Soledad Puértolas; Novels of Josefina R. Aldecoa; Memory in Spanish Literature (SPAN 493)
  • Senior Seminar: “Postwar Spain” (SPAN 494)
  • Novels, stories, memoirs and essays of Soledad Puértolas
  • Memory studies and the use of memory in contemporary Spanish narrative
  • Spanish Civil War and its continuing impact on Spanish literature and culture
  • Ethical and Biblical dimensions of memory and nostalgia
  • Portrayal of women in narrative and theater of Spain
  • Photography studies
  • Globalization and education in languages and cultures
  • Immigration issues

Nostalgia and Retrospective Teleology in Soledad Puértolas’s Queda la noche, Journal of Christianity and Foreign Languages
Townsend, Tamara L., 2015

The Gospel, Liberal Arts, and Global Engagement, Liberal Arts for the Christian Life
Townsend, Tamara, 2012