Jose P. Arce
Associate Professor of Spanish
B.A. University of Texas-El Paso; M.A., Ph.D. University of Texas-Austin
Steven M. Gardner
Frances McReynolds Smith Professor of International Understanding
B.A. Alma College; M.A. University of Delaware-Newark; Ph.D. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Dr. Gardner enjoys directing undergraduate research, in which students do field work in Spain or Latin America. He is also passionate about helping students to prepare to study abroad in Spain or Latin America. During the summers, he is usually in northern Spain, researching the resurgence of the medieval pilgrimage route, the Camino de Santiago, or traveling around South America. He has co-lead Illinois College BreakAway trips to Spain and Peru.
Margaret A. Marek, Department Chair
Associate Professor of Modern Languages - Spanish
B.A. St. Olaf College; M.A., Ph.D. Pennsylvania State University
Dr. Marek especially loves to teach Medieval and Early Modern Spanish literature (1200-1650) and to introduce students to manuscripts and manuscript culture. Dr. Marek’s primary research interest is the libro de pastores, a group of about 25 sixteenth and seventeenth-century Spanish novels that were outrageously popular in their day and whose protagonists were lovesick shepherds and shepherdesses. Outside of work, Dr. Marek enjoys playing soccer with her dog and going to antiques stores with her family.