Daniel Alsop, Ph.D., assistant professor of Spanish, first fell in love with the Spanish language and culture at the age of 15, when he spent a month in Spain with his family. Since then he has met people from many Spanish cultures – including Mexico, Cuba, Puerto Rico and Colombia.
“I was inspired to teach by my love for learning and Spanish,” Alsop said. “In large part, the latter was due to my parents – junior high and high school Spanish teachers – introducing me to the language and culture and communicating their enjoyment of it to me. I try to emulate that in creating a challenging but enjoyable learning environment inside and outside the classroom.”
Alsop earned his bachelor’s degree in Spanish and telecommunications, with a minor in history, from Indiana University-Bloomington and proceeded to earn his master’s degree in the teaching of Spanish from IU. After teaching at Beech Grove High School for three years, Alsop earned his doctorate in education, with an emphasis in foreign language education, from Purdue University.
Since 2007, Alsop has taught a variety of courses at Franklin College, particularly in the Modern Languages Department.
“The Spanish Program at Franklin College provides the framework to develop strong linguistic proficiency along with knowledge and awareness of cultures and communities of the Spanish speaking world,” Alsop said.
The program offers unique courses that include internet-based conversation with native speakers across Latin America, service in the local Hispanic community, exploration of career options in Spanish with experienced guest speakers from a variety of fields, and literature and film of the Hispanic world. Modern language students are strongly advised to study abroad in a Hispanic country and can opt to live in the Modern Language House on campus, where they promote language use and cultural programming on campus.
“My goals are to continue and expand our efforts to infuse experiential elements into our program, increase study abroad among our students and to simply continue to strive for quality teaching,” Alsop said.
While striving for these goals, Alsop has accomplished several professional achievements. In 2010, Alsop was chosen as the Indiana Foreign Language Teacher of the Year University Level by the Indiana Foreign Language Teacher’s Association, and he was the Franklin College Campus Organization Adviser of the Year for his work with the Franklin College Latino Advocacy and Awareness Association. Alsop has also been a mentor for two Franklin College senior research projects at the Butler University Undergraduate Research Conference.
Franklin College contributions that make him most proud, however, are those dealing with students beyond the classroom.
“Winter Term travel, academic advising, co-advising the Modern Language House, advising internships and mentoring undergrad research allow students to build on classroom learning in more tangible ways and in many cases, allow me to build stronger relationships with those students involved,” Alsop said.
Alsop is available to discuss the Modern Languages Department and what a Franklin College liberal arts degree can do for you. Schedule a visit by contacting the Office of Admissions at (800) 852-0232.