Dr. Katy O'Donnell
2014 Summer Chair
Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh
Office: 207D Davis Hall
Areas of Specialization:
* 20th Century Hispanic Literature and Culture
* Applied Spanish Linguistics: Teaching Methodology, Second Language Acquisition, Spanish Phonology
My Philosophy of Language Teaching:
Learning foreign languages enables students not only to gain a deeper understanding of diverse languages and cultures, but also encourages them to analyze and evaluate their own culture and language. This self-evaluation is necessary for the continued positive development of our society, expanding our ability to progress as global citizens. My goal as a professor of Spanish is to broaden our students' understanding of our world, encouraging them to develop second language skills that will eventually allow them to develop a deeper understanding of the peoples and cultures of our world.
The most important part of my life is my family. I have a wonderful husband and four very active children and most of my free time is spent with them. We love to play and watch sports, camp, travel, and just spend time together. I am also a Volunteer Fire Fighter and Medical First Responder for a local fire company because I believe that community service is very important. I have traveled to many countries, including England, Scotland, Germany, Italy, Spain, Mexico, Columbia, Honduras and Peru. In June 2003 I had the pleasure of accompanying 19 students from Clarion University to Ecuador and I hope to continue traveling with students in the future.