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Teaching Professor Emeritus of Spanish |


Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, December 1990.
MA in Spanish, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1986.
BA in Spanish, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1975. Three semesters abroad at the University of Seville, Spain, 1973-1974.
American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages’ “Oral Proficiency Workshop for Tester Certification,” 1987.

Other Appointments

The Academic Advising Program


Prior to entering graduate school, Glynis Cowell taught in North Carolina public schools for six years. After completing her doctoral studies, she coordinated the Spanish Language Program in the Department of Romance Studies, Duke University, for three years before joining the Chapel Hill faculty in 1994 as Director of the Spanish Language Program. In this capacity, she is responsible for the oversight and coordination of all Spanish language courses, assisted by faculty course coordinators. She is also responsible for the training and supervision of graduate teaching fellows. She teaches undergraduate courses in Spanish as well as team-teaches the graduate pedagogy course, “Theories and Techniques of Teaching Foreign Languages”. Cowell also currently serves as the Director of Undergraduate Studies for our department, and as a faculty assistant dean in the Academic Advising Program. She has given numerous presentations and delivered papers at state, regional, national, and international conferences, primarily on topics related to foreign language teaching and learning including language acquisition, language for special purposes and the role of technology in learning.


She has co-authored an instructional anthology, Tapices literarios: Stories for building language skills and cultural awareness (McGraw-Hill, 1997), two beginning Spanish instructional programs, ¡Atrévete! (Holt, 1999) and ¡Anda! Curso elemental (Pearson), now in its second edition, and an intermediate Spanish textbook program, ¡Anda! Curso intermedio (Pearson), also in its second edition.

Typical Courses

  • ROML 700 Theories and Techniques of Foreign Language Teaching
  • SPAN 101 hybrid, Beginning Spanish I
  • SPAN 102 hybrid, Beginning Spanish II
  • SPAN 111, Accelerated Beginning Spanish, Spanish Summer Immersion Program

Awards & Honors

  • Students’ Undergraduate Award for Excellence in Teaching
  • Romance Languages Graduate Student Faculty Mentor Award
  • National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) award for new faculty advisor
  • The Employee Forum Community (Three-Legged Stool) Award
  • Pearson North America Product of the Year for ¡Anda! Curso elemental with MySpanishLab