Department of Spanish Studies
Dr. José L. Gómez
Associate Professor of Spanish
José L. Gómez is an Associate Professor of Spanish and head of the Department of Spanish Studies at McMurry University where he teaches all beginners, intermediate, and advanced Spanish language, literature and culture classes. He is a native speaker from Quito, Ecuador, a Retired Lieutenant Colonel from the Ecuadorian Air Force, and received his Doctor’s Degree in Education Science from the “Escuela Politécnica Javeriana”, and holds a Texas Educator Certificate accredited by McMurry University. Gómez's scholarly research investigates The Art of Language as an Instrument of Knowledge. His latest article, “No Teacher Should Be Left Behind” and "Educators are the Key to Success" were published in The Texas Foreign Language Association Journal, spring 2011 and spring 2012. Gómez firmly believes in Confucius' philosophy about work, education and moral values, and lives by one of his most known teachings: “if your goal is to progress one year, plant wheat, if your goal is to progress ten years, plant trees, if your goal is to progress one hundred years, educate your children". Gómez also strongly believes that if your goal is to be successful during this time in the economy of knowledge, where people should have scientific, technical, and creative skills in this competitive and globalized world, you must be bilingual. Currently, José is the advisor for the McMurry Spanish Club and he is voluntarily teaching Spanish to the fifth graders of the Magnet School here at McMurry University.
Assistant Professor of Spanish
Ph.D., The University of Texas at Austin
B.A., M.A., Peking University
Qing Ai’s research focuses on modern Spanish literature, Hispanic Modernism, fin-de-siècle literature, Orientalism, travel writings, and transcultural studies. She teaches both Spanish and Mandarin Chinese courses, including elementary and intermediate Spanish, Spanish grammar and composition, Spanish literature, and elementary Mandarin. Selected publications: “Entre la porcelana, el opio y la casa: la mujer china en el modernismo” (Journal of Hispanic Modernism 2014), “Sombras chinescas: Juegos de luz y sombra entre el colonialismo y el exotismo de Luis Valera” (Siglo diecinueve 2011).