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Teaching Associate Professor Emeritus of Spanish | Dey 128

At UNC since 1995


Ph.D. UNC-Chapel Hill, 1995
M.A. UNC-Chapel Hill, 1991
B.A. Roanoke College 1971


Although born in New York, Bill Maisch lived for many years in Southwestern Virginia where he received a BA degree in Spanish and Secondary Education from Roanoke College in Salem, Virginia. Before coming to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he earned the MA and PhD degrees in Spanish, Maisch worked for seventeen years as a high school Spanish teacher and Chairman for Foreign Languages at the North Cross School, a private day school in Roanoke, Virginia. His primary areas of interest are Spanish medieval and Golden Age narrative. He is also fascinated by medieval and early renaissance Italian literature, particularly the work of Boccaccio. His dissertation, “Narrative Experimentation in the Fifteenth-Century Sentimental Novels,” applies modified contemporary structuralist approaches to the novelas sentimentales’ characteristically “self-conscious” treatment of the issues of reading, writing, language and literature. He commits himself to both teaching and research, to both language and literature, and is always ready to question established pedagogical theories in search of a better way to teach. In addition to his own teaching and research, he has had many rewarding experiences as a course coordinator, directing the efforts of new graduate teaching assistants here at UNC — in particular, getting the new graduates to think about the many ways in which we can all become better teachers.

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Awards & Honors

  • Faculty Tanner Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching. UNC Chapel Hill, 2008