Texas A&M University-Kingsville

A&M-Kingsville Language & Literature Instructor Receives General Education Teaching Award

KINGSVILLE - July 26, 2011

Contact: Adriana Garza
adriana.garza@tamuk.edu or 361-593-4979

Marco Íñiguez Alba, an instructor in the Department of Language and Literature at Texas A&M University-Kingsville, has received the 2010-2011 Outstanding General Education Teaching Award from the Center for Teaching Effectiveness at Texas A&M-Kingsville.

Íñiguez has taught Spanish courses in the Department of Language and Literature since 2005, teaching everything from beginning Spanish to Spanish journalism to Latin American film. Additionally, Íñiguez currently serves as the advisor to Sigma Delta Pi, Gamma Lambda Chapter—the campus chapter of the National Spanish Honor Society.

In an award nomination letter Íñiguez is praised for being a creative instructor who embraces technology as a means of reaching students. It isn’t unusual for students in Íñiguez’s classes to write poems, film reviews and news articles to help them develop their Spanish language skills. Through the use of tools including film, PowerPoint, Black Board/WebCT and online sources, Íñiguez strives to insure his students learn from a variety of methods.

The letter also commends Íñiguez for his steadfast support of students. Whether it is writing letters of recommendation for students seeking employment or mentoring graduate students as they work on research, Íñiguez always makes himself accessible to students, the nomination letter stated. He also earned national praise for his leadership in Sigma Delta Pi, Gamma Lambda Chapter, which was named one of the 10 national honor society chapters from nearly 600 national chapters.

Íñiguez earned a bachelor’s degree in Spanish literature from the University of California-Irvine; a master’s degree in education (critical pedagogy) from Claremont Graduate University; a master’s in Spanish philosophy from Middlebury College; and is currently enrolled in the Hispanic Students doctoral program at Texas A&M University. 

He has written several scholarly articles and presented his research—on everything from the 1994 Zapatista rebel uprising in Mexico, to Spanish literature, to methods of teaching Spanish in the classroom.

The General Education Faculty Teaching Award recognizes faculty who teach classes students take to fulfill their general education requirements, as outlined by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. Those include classes in communication, mathematics, natural sciences, humanities and visual and performing arts, social and behavioral sciences, computer literacy and kinesiology.

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