Mark graduated summa cum laude with undergraduate and graduate degrees from Indiana University and subsequently gained his Ph.D. from Ohio State University, where he received the graduate school’s most prestigious fellowship. He then completed a postdoc in linguistics at Ghent University in Belgium and is now employed as Assistant Director of the Center for Latin American Studies at Ohio State.
A polyglot himself, Mark has always had a passion for language learning and has extensive experience teaching high school and college students both in the foreign language classroom and in study abroad environments. His creative teaching methods, curricular design, and rapport with students were recognized with OSU’s most competitive award for graduate student instructors. Mark’s favorite part about teaching and tutoring is seeing students’ confidence increase as they master new skills.
When he is not teaching or studying languages, Mark enjoys traveling with his friends and family and spending time outdoors.
- Mark has published several scholarly articles in the field of Hispanic Linguistics.
- Many of Mark’s students have gone on to become Spanish majors and study abroad.
- As a teenager, Mark worked at a corn maze owned by his family.
- Mark can speak the language Ubby Dubby from the kids’ TV show Zoom.
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