Ian is a sixth-year doctoral candidate in the Department of Spanish & Portuguese researching the use of sexuality as symbol in contemporary Spanish American novels. Ian has taught Spanish at the middle school, high school, and college level, and has served as a Part-Time Assistant Instructor (PTAI) of Spanish at Yale University for six semesters. While at Yale, Ian has prioritized the integration of online technologies, art, and history into the language classroom. In his third year as a McDougal Teaching Fellow, Ian is committed to emphasizing the importance of strong student-teacher relationships and knowing one’s students well in order to build community and most effectively include and support all students.
Ian was the recipient of an Online Education Innovation Grant given by the Yale Center for Teaching and Learning in the fall of 2014 and awarded the grand prize in spring 2015 for his work in creating an online, multimodal reading module. Ian has also worked with the Yale University Art Gallery jointly to curate a selection of works from the gallery’s archives to be on display in the Levin Study Gallery and integrated into the Intermediate Spanish II curriculum beginning in the fall of 2015.