Faculty

Dr. Tomas Graman

Professor of Spanish and Lingustics; Director of Latin American Studies

Dr. Tomas GramanAB in Latin American History from the University of Illinois, MA in Linguistics from University of Utah, Ph.D. in Educational Linguistics from the University of New Mexico. Dr. Graman teaches courses in Spanish, Linguistics, and Latin American Studies, and directs the Latin American Studies Minor. Tomas' areas of research and interest include: second language acquisition, critical pedagogy, language education, and language and the formation of public opinion. Dr. Graman was awarded the Senior Fulbright fellowship for research and teaching at the University of Veracruz in Jalapa, Veracruz, Mexico. He has also led study abroad trips from 1991-2003 to Spain and Mexico, and has directed a program for migrant farm workers in the Midwest.

Dr. Graman's work has been published in Hispania (the Journal of the Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese), Foreign Language Annals, Harvard Educational Review, and other journals and books in the United States, Mexico, and Cuba.

Tomas enjoys biking, telemark and track skiing, and fly fishing.

"Working with Carroll students has been one of the best experiences of my life. I have tried to foster their quest for learning and thinking for themselves."

Dr. Alex J. Rincón

Associate Assistant Professor of Spanish

Dr. Alex RincónPh.D. (ABD) and M.A. from The University of Utah. Alex's areas of research and interest include: literary analysis and criticism; theories and methods of acquiring and teaching a second language, learning theories and social implications of pedagogical techniques, human rights and social justice. He has led several study trips abroad to Mexico and Spain and is very involved with international and language fairs.

Students in his classes and department have the opportunities to have a true:

  • language acquisition experience
  • authentic-native Spanish language and materials
  • to be exposed to a variety of cultural experiences and/or events
  • be able to develop an appreciation and respect for the culture and its peoples.

"I came to Carroll in 1995. I have enjoyed the casual, yet, demanding academic atmosphere created by our students, faculty, staff, and our community at large. I also like the size of our classes and the unique interaction we develop with our students.

Beginning Spanish classes. It still amazes me to see how students are able to comprehend current articles and effectively communicate ideas and discuss contemporary issues in Spanish within their first semester. They are able to achieve this following the methodology used in their Spanish Acquisition classes. Truly amazing!"