Gustavo Fares is a native of Argentina. He holds a Ph.D. in Latin American Literature from the University of Pittsburgh, a Master in Foreign Languages, a Master in Painting and Lithography from West Virginia University, and a J.D. Law Degree from the Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina. As Professor of Spanish and Co-Advisor of the Latin American Studies Program at Lawrence University his primary responsibilities include teaching all levels of the Spanish language and Latin American literature, visual arts, and culture courses, and advising students.
He is the author of four books, among them Imagining Comala. The Space in Juan Rulfo’s Works (Peter Lang, 1991), and Contemporary Argentinean Women Writers. A Critical Anthology (U. P. of Florida, 1998, with E. Hermann). Fares has published numerous articles and presented scholarly papers on the topics of space in literature and the arts, Latin American cultures, women studies, and border studies. In 2004 he was a Fulbright Visiting Professor at the Universidad Nacional de Cuyo, in Mendoza, Argentina, where he taught a graduate seminar on culture and border issues. Dr. Fares has worked with the College Board for more than two decades as Reader, member and chairperson of the AP Development Committee, and AP consultant. He is a former chairperson of the Advanced Placement Development Committee for Spanish Language and Literature from the College Board.
“As a professor, I believe in using an activist approach in the areas of language, literature, and fine arts. Specifically, when teaching languages and literature I tend to adopt an inductive, rather than a grammar-based and deductive style of instructional delivery. I have found that this method encourages students to actively participate in the classroom. As part of my teaching, I use computer-based and audio-visual techniques. When teaching visual arts, I encourage students to discover and experience first hand the joys of artistic expression. I am flexible when teaching both languages and arts so that I meet the Departments’ needs, as well as the students’ by offering the highest quality of instruction possible. Regarding my administrative outlook, I believe in working as a team member and in serving both faculty and students in order to further the goals of the institution and the educational process.”
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