LSP Studies: Theory, Methodology, and Content Development

Gwendolyn Barnes-Karol's Photo

Gwendolyn Barnes-Karol, Professor of Spanish at St. Olaf College, has a Ph.D. in Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian Literatures, with a minor in Curriculum and Instruction/ Second Language and Cultures from the University of Minnesota. Barnes-Karol teaches a broad range of courses in the Spanish language and in Spanish (Peninsular) literature and culture at St. Olaf and has been actively involved in a variety of innovative programs including the development of a content-based intermediate-level Spanish curriculum; a revision of the major-level Spanish program to better integrate language, content, and culture across the curriculum; teaching immersion courses abroad during the college's January term (in Costa Rica, Ecuador, and Spain); and, through St. Olaf's Foreign Languages Across the Curriculum Program, collaborating with colleagues from anthropology, history, political science, and religion to add Spanish-language components into courses taught in English. Her publications have appeared in the ADFL Bulletin, Foreign Language Annals, Hispania, and several edited volumes, and she is a frequent presenter at national conferences and consultant to foreign language departments interested in curricular reform. In 1997, Barnes-Karol received the Ricardo A. Narváez Award for excellence in the teaching of Spanish from the Minnesota chapter of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese (AATSP). She has served as a member of the Modern Language Association’s Kenneth W. Mildenberger Prize Committee, which selects the outstanding book in the field of the teaching of languages other than English, and is completing a term on the Executive Committee for the MLA's Division of Teaching. She chaired the Department of Romance Languages at St. Olaf from 2002-2008.

John Grandin's Photo

John M. Grandin is Professor Emeritus of German and Director Emeritus of the International Engineering Program at the University of Rhode Island, an interdisciplinary curriculum, through which students complete simultaneous degrees (BA and BS) in German, French, Spanish, or Chinese, and in an engineering discipline. Grandin has received numerous awards for his work combining languages and engineering, including the Federal Cross of Honor from the Federal Republic of Germany, the Award for Educational Innovation from ABET, and the Michael P. Malone Award for Excellence in International Education from NASULGC, the National Association of State Universities and Land Grant Colleges. He has published widely on such cross-disciplinary initiatives and has been the principle investigator for several funded projects related to the development of the International Engineering Program. Grandin also founded and organized the Annual Colloquium on International Engineering Education, bringing together university faculty and business representatives to develop a more global engineering education nationally.( Grandin served as associate dean and acting dean of URI's College of Arts and Sciences, and as chair of the Department of Languages. He also has published several articles and a book on Franz Kafka.