Not what it used to be: The future of Spanish language teaching

Heather L. Colburn*

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Since 1970, higher education in general, and Spanish departments in particular, have experienced a seismic shift, with skyrocketing student enrollment and dramatic increases in the numbers of non-tenuretrack faculty. While contingent faculty numbers have continued to rise since 2000, over the past several years, enrollments in college-level Spanish courses seem to have stabilized. I will examine historical and current data, as well as projected statistics, before exploring possible consequences of these recent trends, in particular, how a more stable body of non-tenure-track faculty relates to enriched departmental culture and improved student learning in Spanish departments. AATSP

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)87-92
Number of pages6
Issue number5
StatePublished - 2017


  • Enrollment
  • Faculty status
  • Non-tenure-track faculty
  • Spanish departments
  • Student learning

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Linguistics and Language


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