James David McConnell

Study Abroad, Spain, Seville, Sevilla, International Education, Experiential Education, Spanish, Español

On the 1st day of October in the year of 1968, I was born unto this world in the fine city of Rome. That would be Rome, New York. My father was a combat photographer in the Air Force so we moved around a bit: Andrews Air Force Base in Washington DC and then in 1973 we moved to Panama. I spent 5 formative years there and they ended up being the reason I learned Spanish and decided to make it a career. In 1978 we were forced to leave Panama and we drove through Central America to Arizona where I would live for the next 22 years. I attended the University of Arizona for both undergraduate and graduate school and in the meantime, I taught scuba diving on the weekends in San Carlos, Mexico. After receiving my MA in Hispanic Literature I taught for three additional years at the University of Arizona before accepting a position as Caribbean Operations Director for an adventure travel company for teenagers called Broadreach where I taught scuba diving and experiential education before running the operation. The years I taught for them afforded me to travel to Mexico (Baja and Oaxaca), Ecuador, Fiji, The Solomon Islands, and nearly all of the Caribbean. I was employed as a lecturer at NC State from the Fall of 2005 through Spring 2013 and in the Fall of 2013 I was made Senior Lecturer. I love teaching at NC State. There is genuine camaraderie within our department and I enjoy coming to work every day. I am afforded many opportunities here such as teaching an online course and running a summer study abroad program in Segovia, Spain. In the spring of 2012, Dr. Shelley Garrigan and I started a program called VOLAR (Voluntarios Ahora en Raleigh) and in May 2012 we won a seed grant of $10,000 to help jump-start the program. Since hiring Debbie Kane to direct the program we’ve seen it blossom into a student organization and we’ve received multiple awards. More importantly, it’s given our Spanish-speaking students the opportunity to work and interact with the Spanish-speaking community in Raleigh and beyond. I was named a DELTA Faculty Fellow for the calendar years 2018-19 and 2019-2020. I was honored to receive this and the opportunities to offer workshops and attend conferences were invaluable for my professional development. Among the courses I especially enjoy creating and teaching are conversation, introduction to culture and grammar through the use of film and constantly improving on the study abroad programs that I've directed in the summer, most recently, Seville, Spain.

Works (4)

Updated: April 4th, 2024 03:19

2020 webpage

DELTA Faculty Fellows Share Ways to Plan Breaks for Students this Spring


By: J. McConnell, K. Allen, M. Bartlett, L. Battestilli, E. Bohórquez, A. Edwards, M. Gallardo-Williams, A. Moore ...

Source: ORCID
Added: March 25, 2023

2020 weblog post

DELTA Faculty Fellows Share Ways to Plan Breaks for Students this Spring

Allen, K., Bartlett, M., Battestilli, L., Bohórquez, E., Edwards, A., Gallardo-Williams, M., … Treme, J. (2020, November 30). https://delta.ncsu.edu/news/2020/11/30/delta-faculty-fellows-share-ways-to-plan-breaks-for-students-this-spring/

By: K. Allen, M. Bartlett, L. Battestilli, E. Bohórquez, A. Edwards, M. Gallardo-Williams, J. McConnell, A. Moore ...

Source: NC State University Libraries
Added: March 31, 2023

2020 article proceedings

Educating Globally Competent Engineers in Segovia, Spain

Presented at the 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition.

By: J. McConnell n & B. Koehler n

Event: 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

Sources: Crossref, ORCID
Added: March 26, 2023

2011 conference paper

Educating Globally Competent Engineers

ASEE conference.

By: J. McConnell & B. Koehler

Source: ORCID
Added: March 25, 2023


Updated: March 24th, 2023 10:15

2005 - present

NC State University Raleigh, NC, US
Senior Lecturer World Languages and Cultures

Funding History

Funding history based on the linked ORCID record. Updated: March 24th, 2023 09:51

grant August 1, 2018 - May 1, 2020
DELTA Faculty Fellow
grant May 1, 2012 - May 1, 2013

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