Marcus D Welsh, PhD

Associate Professor of Spanish
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World Languages Center 102 (Forest Grove)
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PhD in Hispanic Languages and Literatures, UCSB, Santa Barbara, CA 2012

Master of arts in Spanish, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ 2002

Bachelor of arts in Spanish and International Studies with Latin American emphasis, Pacific University, Forest Grove, Ore., in 1997


I enjoy teaching all levels of Spanish.

In my upper division courses, lately I have been concentrating on the teaching of Spanish through film. I enjoy teaching film because while learning about film, we can explore culture, history, politics, and innumerable societal issues, some universal, and some particularly related to the Spanish-speaking world.

I am currently working on presentations/publications related to gender identity and queer studies in Latin American film, and I almost always include at least a couple of the films I write about in my upper division film courses.

I am particularly interested in the use of technology in the classroom and in my film class students write blogs (analytical and creative) about the films we watch. I am also working on a multimedia project to help students improve their Spanish through cooking and the gastronomy of the Spanish-speaking world. I recently spent a sabbatical traveling and eating my way through Spain, while conducting interviews of people as varied as a cheesemaker in the mountains of Asturias to a Michelin-star restaurant owner in Castilla-La Mancha.

I believe strongly in interdisciplinary studies and have led several short-term study abroad courses with professors from other disciplines, such as a course I currently teach in Spain with writing professor Brent Johnson and a course I lead in Ecuador together with Mike Charles from the College of Education.

Course Information

At Pacific University, all faculty teach a variety of different courses. Typically, we do not use graduate teaching assistants, which means that your classes will be taught by professors and that you will have plenty of opportunities to get to know the faculty in your discipline.

Below I have listed some of the courses that I teach. We are always developing and trying out new classes, so the list may change now and then. 

Span 101/102 | Introduction to Spanish Language and Culture
SPAN 202 | Intermediate Spanish
Span 315  | Advanced Spanish Grammar and Composition
Span 355/403 | Contemporary Film in Spanish
Span 355/406: Special Topics:  Exploring Difference and Tolerance in Spanish-language film
Course in development: Cooking and Gastronomy of the Spanish-speaking world

Recent Publications

Student Activities Manual for ¡Pura vida!, a first-year Spanish textbook program. Online and print versions. January 2014. Co-author with T. Lewis and A. Carrillo Cabello. Project supervisors and editors: N. López Burton, L. Marqués-Pascual, and C. Pardo Ballester. Published by Wiley Publishing and used in beginning Spanish-language course at over 20 universities.

Boycoff, Jules and Marcus Welsh. “Chara! Chara! Chara! Timbers’ Midfielder, Diego Chara on Growing Up in a Soccer Family in Colombia and His New Family in Portland.” Published interview in Street Roots. 18 July 2014 in print. 25 July 2014 online. [I was present during the interview conducted by J. Boycoff, translated the interview from Spanish to English, and was credited as a co-author of the article.]

Recent Presentations

2018. Conference participant and presenter. “Using Blogs As An Extension of the Classroom.” The Oregon Technology in Education Network Annual Conference, Pacific University, February 24.

2017. Special “Face and Speech” panel participant: “The Body as Face and Space, Javier Fuentes-León’s Undertow. Annual Conference of Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association. Honolulu, Hawaii. November 10-12.

2017. Faculty Forum Presentation. “Learning Spanish Through Cooking & Cuisine of the Hispanic World.” Presentation about 2015-2016 sabbatical. Pacific University, September 12.

2017. Conference participant and presenter: “City Space and Homosexuality in Marcelo Piñeyro’s Burnt Money.” Universal Academic Cluster International Conference. Bangkok, Thailand, June 22-23.

2017. Conference participant and presenter: “Undertow: The Body as Space in Latin American Film.” 2017 International Conference on Humanities, Social Sciences, Education and International Studies (ISHSSE-17). Bangkok, Thailand, June 12-14.

2015. Conference participant and presenter: “Queer Sexualities and Space in Contemporary Latin American Film.” L3 2015: 4th Annual International Conference on Language, Literature, & Linguistics. Global Science and Technology Forum. Singapore. June 8-9.

2015. Guest lecture in L. French, M. Rampton, and J. Green’s Introduction to Gender and Sexuality Studies course. Presentation: “Queer Sexualities and Space in Contemporary Latin American Film.” Pacific University, April 15.

2015. Faculty Forum Presentation. “Queer Sexualities and Space in Contemporary Latin American Film.” Pacific University, April 7.

2015. Forest Grove Public Library Entre nosotros series. “La cocina hispana: La gastronomía del mundo hispánico/Hispanic Food: Gastronomy of the Hispanic World”. I gave a cooking presentation, talk, and led a group activity/discussion with community members and Pacific Spanish faculty. Discussed different culinary practices/cultures of the Hispanic world and universal questions related to gastronomy and food culture. March 9.

2015. Confederation in Oregon For Language Teaching Spring Conference. Presented with N. Christoph: "Service-Learning Courses in Spanish: Best Practices for Local and International Community-Based Learning.” Salem, Oregon, March 7.