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Dr. David Towles

Professor of Spanish

(434) 582-2091


  • Ed.D. in Curriculum & Instruction, Virginia Tech
  • M.A. in Spanish, California State University, Sacramento
  • B.A. in Spanish/English, Tarleton State


David Towles has been teaching at Liberty for over 40 years. Initially, he taught English 100, 101, and 102 exclusively. Once the languages program began, he taught a combination of English and Spanish courses until he attained a full load of Spanish. He also served as Department Chair.

In 1998, Dr. Towles 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.

Dr. Towles has a dual focus on electronic media within the classroom and evangelism beyond it.

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 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)
  • 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)