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Teaching Associate Professor of Spanish | Dey 126

At UNC since 2007


Ph.D. Romance Languages (Spanish): University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Master of Hispanic Studies: Auburn University
B.A. Foreign Languages/International Trade – Spanish (summa cum laude): Auburn University


Michelle Gravatt is a strong advocate for study abroad and experiential learning and has led several such programs to México, Costa Rica, and Ecuador. She created and was the Resident Director and Instructor for UNC’s Spanish for the Professions Costa Rica Study Abroad summer program at the Universidad de Costa Rica for five years. The program was designed for undergraduate students studying for careers in the health professions (medicine, public health, nursing, pharmacy, physical therapy, and dentistry) and minoring in Spanish for the Professions (Medical Track).  She has presented on the program at MIFLC (2014), HICAH (2014), the Carolina Global Photography Exhibition (2014), and the University of Richmond (2013).

Dr. Gravatt loves traveling and has visited the following countries: Andorra, the Bahamas, Canada, Costa Rica, Ecuador, France, Ireland, Italy, México, Morocco, New Zealand, Portugal, Spain, and the United Kingdom.

She is currently the Faculty Mentor to the Johnston Scholars Class of 2020, the Assistant Faculty Coordinator of Intermediate Spanish (203), and the Department of Romance Studies Development Coordinator.

Typical Courses

  • SPAN 203 Intermediate Spanish
  • SPAN 255 Spanish Conversation
  • SPAN 260 Introduction to Spanish and Spanish American Literature
  • SPAN 265 Spanish Language and Culture for the Professions
  • SPAN 329 Spanish for Professional and Community Engagement