Dr. David Towles

Professor of Spanish

David Towles

detowles@liberty.edu
(434) 582-2091

Education

  • Ed.D., Curriculum & Instruction, Virginia Tech (1986)
  • M.A., Spanish, California State University, Sacramento (1976)
  • B.A., Spanish/English, Tarleton State (1970)

Biography

David Towles began teaching at Liberty in 1976. Initially, he taught English 100, 101, and 102 exclusively. Once the languages program began in 1980, he taught a combination of English and Spanish courses until he attained a full load of Spanish at some time during the mid-eighties. He served as Department Chair 1993-1994, when the department was dropped due to university-wide financial contraints.

In 1998, after two failed attempts, he founded the Liberty University Spanish Institute, a program designed to help students obtain on-the-field instruction in Spanish. The centerpiece of this program is a yearly two-month summer stay in Guatemala where students take intensive Spanish courses while using their Spanish primarily for ministry and evangelism.

In recent years, Towles is more enthusiastic than ever about the privilege of teaching at this dynamic institution. With his twin focus on electronic media within the classroom and evangelism beyond it, he looks forward to many more years of student mentoring and classroom teaching.

Courses Taught

  • SPAN 101 - Elementary Spanish I
  • SPAN 102 - Elementary Spanish II
  • SPAN 201 - Intermediate Spanish I
  • SPAN 202 - Intermediate Spanish II
  • SPAN 301 - Grammar & Composition
  • SPAN 302 - Composition & Conversation
  • SPAN 304 - Latin American Culture & Civilization
  • SPAN 321 - Peninsular Literature
  • SPAN 322 - Hispanic Literature
  • SPAN 323 - Latin American Literature
  • SPAN 450 - Capstone course

Scholarly Interests/Current Research

  • Language instruction in the electronic classroom: currently conducting a comparative study between an electronic classroom and a traditional classroom.
  • Has written three eBooks for use in teaching Intermediate Spanish II, the paradigm of text-based language instruction. One features readings from the Spanish Bible, another features Latin American short stories, and the third features a combination of Bible readings and Latin American short stories.

Institutional/Community/Christian Service

  • Director, Liberty University Modern Languages Committee (1980-2012)
  • Creator, Liberty University Modern Languages program (1980-present)
  • Director, Liberty University Spanish program (1980-present)
  • Self-Study, Steering Committee (1985, 1995)
  • Creator, Liberty University Spanish Institute (1999-present)
  • Developed and implemented an evangelistic trip, Liberty Baptist Church (2000)
  • Each year served one or more times as member or leader of an evangelistic trip to Guatemala, Hope of Life International (2000-2013)
  • Under the auspices of Liberty University Spanish Institute, led leaders of Liberty University academic programs in trips designed to help the poor of Guatemala while also providing hands-on learning opportunities for our students, specifically in connection with the hospital that Hope of Life has recently constructed in Guatemala, Hope of Life International (2011-2013)
  • Teacher, Liberty Baptist Church, adult Sunday School class (2013-2016)
  • Prayer Leader, Liberty Baptist Church, Sunday School class (2014-2016)
  • Coordinator of visitation, Liberty Chapel Baptist Church - Appomattox (2017)
  • Visitation, Liberty Baptist Church - Appomattox (2017)