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Paying it Forward thru Mentorship with Servicio en las Américas

After spending a semester abroad in Barcelona, Spain, Paul graduated in 2004 with a major in Romance Languages and a minor in European Studies.  He then received his master’s degree in Spanish from Middlebury College in 2006 after a year in Madrid, Spain.  The following year he began coursework for his Ph.D. in Spanish Literature at the University of California, Irvine, where he is currently conducting research and writing his dissertation on sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Spanish literature and culture and the author Miguel de Cervantes. 

Since graduating from DePauw, Paul has also had the wonderful opportunity to participate in the Modern Language Department’s Servicio en las Américas program, serving as its Spanish language instructor for the past five summers (2007-2011).  In addition to teaching the program’s intensive Spanish immersion class, he has accompanied faculty members, student leaders, and first-year DePauw students on international service trips to Ecuador, Costa Rica, and Peru. 

These opportunities would not have been possible without the academic preparation and support from the faculty of the Modern Languages Department, who always stoked his passion for foreign languages and cultures both in and outside the classroom.  Yet Paul also attributes his post-DePauw success in large part to the sustained mentorship and guidance he has received from his former Modern Languages professors.  They will continue to serve as models for his own future career as an educator.

Paul Michael Johnson ‘04

DPU Spanish Class 2008

Machu Picchu 2011

Servicio en las Américas Leaders 2011