DEPARTMENT Of Modern Foreign Languages & Cultures

The Department of Modern Foreign Languages and Cultures offers an academically challenging program.  Our majors include:

Students spend a minimum of six credit hours or an entire semester studying abroad. Financial aid may be applied to their study—something many colleges do not allow. Through foreign study experience, Tri-S trips, and local opportunities to teach members in the community, foreign language students leave AU with a thorough education and a global awareness. Students have the opportunity to minor in Spanish or French.

Students are prepared linguistically for graduate study as well as careers in education, health care, social services, missionary service, law enforcement, business, or public service.

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Experiential Learning
  • A state-of-the-art computer language lab—complete with Internet access, CD/ROM drives, a big screen television, VCR and DVD player, and satellite programming from around the world—is available to students.
  • The department taps into central Indiana’s growing Hispanic population with community service projects in schools, hospitals and businesses, allowing students to interact with native Spanish speakers.
  • AU is active in Alpha Mu Gamma (AMG), the national collegiate foreign language honor society. Five students have won AMG scholarships in as many years, and one student received the only national AMG scholarship for summer study at Laval University in Quebec.
  • Language opportunities are found on campus through foreign language chapel services and Immersion Nights, which are social events where no English is spoken.
International Experience

AU provides summer, semester, and full-year studies worldwide through a variety of programs. Participants study literature, fine arts, and the social sciences, as well as take language courses at respected universities. Best of all, students have the opportunity to become immersed in the language and lifestyle of the people, learning the way they think and act. Students return home with much greater fluency in the target language and a host of unforgettable experiences.

Careers

The study of foreign languages is a growing field in the area of humanities and in the business and social work worlds. The need for individuals with language and cultural knowledge is growing daily. Recent AU graduates are employed as teachers in elementary and secondary schools throughout the United States and abroad. Others serve in a variety of agencies, business and medical enterprises, or in the mission field.

The modern foreign languages and cultures faculty at AU stand ready to assist students in identifying and pursuing career opportunities to serve God and humankind.

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Inge Baird

Assistant Professor of Spanish; Assistant Professor of German

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Inge Baird

Inge grew up in Brazil, South America, speaking Portuguese at school and German at home. At age 20 she began her college studies in the United States, graduating from Anderson University in 1985 with majors in Spanish and German. She went on to earn a master’s degree in Spanish from Ball State University. She has taught German and Spanish at Anderson for more than 25 years. Inge is married to David Baird, who teaches in the Department of Communication Arts at AU, and the couple has two adult children. In her free time, Inge enjoys walking, gardening, cooking, traveling and serving in a ministry to migrant children.

Professor Baird has served at Anderson University since 1987.

Contact Professor Baird:
irbaird@anderson.edu
(765) 641-4415

Assistant Professor of Spanish
Assistant Professor of German
B.A., Anderson University
M.A., Ball State University
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Carrie Clay

Assistant Professor of Spanish

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Carrie Clay

Professor Carrie Y. Clay earned her B.A. in Spanish Teaching from Anderson University in 1999 and her M.A. in Spanish from Middlebury College in 2005. She has traveled and studied in El Salvador, Mexico and Spain.

Professor Clay began her teaching career at Lawrence Central High School in Indianapolis. A few years later she returned to her alma mater, AU, where she now teaches Elementary/Intermediate Spanish, Spanish Phonetics, Methods in Teaching Foreign Languages, Strategies for Advanced Spanish Proficiency and First-Year Seminar.

In 2012 Professor Clay was awarded the Collegiate Teacher of the Year award by the Indiana chapter of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese (IAATSP). In 2019, she was honored to receive a Site Manager of the Year award from College Mentors for Kids.

Professor Clay is married and has two children. She enjoys books, travel and music. She and her family attend Daleville United Methodist Church.

Contact Prof. Clay:
cyclay@anderson.edu
Assistant Professor of Spanish
Director, Critical Thinking Seminar
B.A., Anderson University
M.A., Middlebury College

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Dr. Timothy Fox

Chair, Department of Modern Foreign Languages and Cultures; Professor of Spanish

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Dr. Timothy Fox

Dr. Fox is currently the Chair of the Department of Modern Foreign Languages and Cultures. His area of specialization is Latin American short fiction, but he enjoys teaching all levels of Spanish. Dr. Fox feels blessed to work at AU with a gifted and dedicated group of departmental colleagues. He has led student travel groups to Spain, Guatemala and the Dominican Republic. He enjoys spending time with his wife and two sons, traveling, biking and watching college sports. His greatest satisfaction is seeing AU language grads take their skills and knowledge into a variety of professions and make a difference in their community and the world. "We know that our MFLC graduates are doing well and doing good around the world. As teachers, business people, programmers, doctors, nurses, lawyers, linguists, social workers, missionaries and so much more, AU language grads are being light and salt in a world so in need of God's love."

Dr. Fox has served at Anderson University since 1998.

Contact Dr. Fox:
trfox@anderson.edu
(765) 641-4433

Chair, Department of Modern Foreign Languages and Cultures
Professor of Spanish
B.A., Anderson College
M.A., Anderson School of Theology
M.A., Ball State University
Ph.D., Purdue University

Dr. Brandan Grayson

Associate Professor of Spanish, Director of the First Year Experience Seminar

Dr. Brandan Grayson

Dr. Grayson teaches all levels of Spanish language as well as courses having to do with the art, history, and literature of Spain. She is an enthusiastic reader of Golden Age Spanish Theater, and loves introducing students to the various manifestations of cultural identity in Spain. She also researches early modern Jesuit school plays. Additionally, Dr. Grayson directs the First Year Experience Seminar, where she enjoys challenging students to identify how their core values will impact their lives, both at AU and beyond. In her spare time, she is an avid fan of the St. Louis Cardinals and Spanish tortillas.

Dr. Grayson has served at Anderson University since 2011.

Contact Dr. Grayson:
blgrayson@anderson.edu
(765) 641-4432

Associate Professor of Spanish
Director of the First Year Experience Seminar
B.A., University of Tulsa
M.A., Notre Dame
Ph. D., Washington University in Saint Louis