A 17-year member of the Newberry faculty, Dr. Gregory K. Cole, professor of Spanish, is Newberry College’s 2019 SCICU Excellence In Teaching award winner.
Dr. Cole holds a Ph.D. in Spanish with a specialization in Hispanic poetry from the University of Kentucky, an M.A. in Spanish from Miami University of Ohio, and a B.A. in Spanish from the University of Toledo. His dissertation was published by Mellen Press in 2000 (“Spanish Women Poets of the Generation of 1927”).
Since joining the Newberry faculty in 2002, Dr. Cole has taught the entire range of Spanish courses. For the past 15 years, he has served as a volunteer ESL instructor at the Newberry County Adult Education Center. Dr. Cole also established the Spanish Academy, now in its eighth year, an afterschool program at Newberry Elementary School. Newberry College student volunteers teach Spanish language and Hispanic culture to children in grades two through five.
Outside the classroom, Dr. Cole has published four collections of poetry. He writes in both English and Spanish. His most recent collection, “else as soons,” was published in 2017. Four of his poems, three in English and one in Spanish, are to be published in a Ravenna Press anthology scheduled for release in fall 2019.
“As a teacher, Dr. Cole is a rare combination of passion and calm, both as he guides our students through their core language requirement and Spanish curriculum.” said Dr. David Rachels, chair of the department of humanities. “Dr. Cole is always dedicated to the needs of his students, and he never hesitates to teach additional classes whenever his majors and minors must have them. In sum, Dr. Cole embodies the Newberry ethos of passion, purpose, and personal attention.”