Jan E. Evans, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Graduate Director of Spanish
One Bear Place #97393
Waco, TX 76798-7393
Fall 2013 Office Hours: M 2:00-4:00, T 2:30-4:30
Ph.D., 2001 Michigan State
M.A., 1990 Emory University, Atlanta, GA
B.A., 1971 University of Bridgeport, Bridgeport, CT
Miguel de Unamuno's Quest For Faith: A Kierkegaardian Understanding of Unamuno's Struggle to Believe. Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock Publishers, 2013.
Unamuno and Kierkegaard: Paths to Selfhood in Fiction. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2005.
Müller, Paul. Kierkegaard's Works of Love: Christian Ethics and the Maieutic Ideal. Trans. C. Stephen Evans and Jan Evans. Copenhagen: Reitzel, 1993.
“Kierkegaard, Unamuno and Don Quijote as the Knight of Faith,” in Symposium, 60:1, (Spring, 2006), 3-16.
“Passion, Paradox and Indirect Communication: The Influence of Postscript on Miguel de Unamuno,” in Kierkegaard Studies Yearbook, 2005, Eds. Niels Jørgen Cappelørn and Hermann Deuser, Berlin: Walter de Gruyter, 2005, 137-152.
"Kierkegaard and Unamuno's San Manuel Bueno, mártir: A Study in the Ethical Life, " in Christian Scholar's Review, 34: 1, (Fall, 2004), 43-54.
"Kierkegaard's 'Aesthete' and Unamuno's Niebla," in Philosophy and Literature (with C. Stephen Evans as the second author), 28, 2 (2004) 342-352.
“Unamuno and Kierkegaard: Clarifying the Relationship,” in Revista Hispánica Moderna, 56, (2003), 298-310.
“Miguel de Unamuno’s Reception and Use of the Kierkegaardian Claim that ‘Truth is Subjectivity,’” in Revista Portuguesa de Filosofía.
“Kierkegaard, Unamuno and Don Quijote as the Knight of Faith,” presented at the Kentucky Foreign Language Conference, April 20-22, 2006, Lexington, KY.
“The Decadent Spaces of the Psychological World of Miguel de Unamuno’s Niebla,” presented at the South Central Modern Language Assoc. in Houston, TX, Oct. 27- 29, 2005.
“Variations on Christian Conversion in Pepita Jiménez and San Manuel Bueno, mártir,” with Michael D. Thomas, presented at the South Central Modern Language Assoc. in Houston, TX, Oct. 27-29, 2005.
“The Formation of the Self in the Novels of Miguel de Unamuno: A Kierkegaardian Reading,” presented at the Fifth International Kierkegaard Conference at St. Olaf College, Northfield, MN, June 11-15, 2005.
“On Miguel de Unamuno’s Use of Faith and Reason,” presented at the annual meeting of the North American Christian Foreign Language Association, Trinity Christian University, Chicago, IL, March 31-April 2, 2005.
"Passion, Paradox and Indirect Communication: The Influence of Kierkegaard's Postscript on Miguel de Unamuno," presented at the Annual Kierkegaard Research Conference in Copenhagen, Denmark, August 10-13, 2004.
"Are Kierkegaard and Unamuno Really Spiritual Brothers?" presented April 17, 2004 at the Kentucky Foreign Language Conference at the University of Kentucky, Lexington.
"Why the Life of the Aesthete Cannot Be a Calling: Kierkegaard's Critique of Aesthetic Existence as Illustrated in Miguel de Unamuno's Niebla (Mist)," presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Philosophy and Literature, May 30, 2003, Leeds, England.
"Kierkegaard and Unamuno's San Manuel Bueno, mártir: A Study in the Ethical Life, " presented at the annual meeting of the North American Christian Foreign Language Association, Azusa Pacific College, Azusa, California, April 5, 2003.
"Two Trips from Two Centuries: A Comparison of Una excursión a los indios ranqueles and Los pasos perdidos". Public presentation for the Graduate Award Colloquium, Michigan State University, Fall, 1997.
PRESENTATIONS ON ISSUES IN TEACHING FOREIGN LANGUAGES
"Conversation Groups for Beginning and Intermediate Level Foreign Language Students: A Humane Alternative to Computer/Language Laboratories". NACFLA, (North American Christian Foreign Language Assoc.), Point Loma University, San Diego, CA, April, 2000.
"The Spiraling Numbers of Students Studying Spanish: Should We Rejoice or Weep?" NACFLA (North American Christian Foreign Language Assoc.), Lee College, TN, April, 1995
HONORS, AWARDS and GRANTS
Baylor Horizons Faculty Grant of $2,100 for the presentation of a paper entitled "Why the Life of the Aesthete Cannot Be a Calling: Kierkegaard's Critique of Aesthetic Existence as Illustrated in Miguel de Unamuno's Niebla (Mist)," at the International Association for Philosophy and Literature at Leeds, England, on May 30, 2003.
Graduate Merit Fellowship, Michigan State University. A competitive $6,000 award to support dissertation research from the College of Arts and Letters, January, 2001.
Graduate Award from the Department of Romance and Classical Languages, Michigan State University, for "Two Trips from Two Centuries: A Comparison of Una excursión a los indios ranqueles and Los pasos perdidos". Spring, 1997.
AATSP American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese
MLA Modern Language Association
SCMLA South Central Modern Language Association Session Officer 2006, 2007
NACFLA North American Christian Foreign Language Association Local Co-Chair for Annual Conference, March 2006
Associate Professor, Baylor University, 2002 to present
Assistant Professor, Calvin College, Grand Rapids, MI 1994-2002 (On leave 2000-2001)
AREAS OF TEACHING EXPERIENCE
Proficiency-based elementary and intermediate levels of language
Advanced writing and composition
Latin American Literature 1880 to the present
18th-20th Century Peninsular Literature
Introductory course in Hispanic Literature
AREAS OF TEACHING COMPETENCY
Early and Mid-twentieth Century Spanish Novel
Miguel de Unamuno and the Generation of 1898
Nineteenth Century Spanish Novel
Cervantes and Spanish Drama of the Golden Age
Nineteenth and Twentieth Century Latin American Literature
AREAS OF ADMINISTRATIVE EXPERIENCE
Coordinator for Academic Based Service Learning, Spanish Department, Calvin College 2001-2002. Supervision of 20 second-year Spanish students teaching English to Spanish-speaking business people in the Hispanic community in Grand Rapids. Development of curriculum for the program.
Coordinator for the Spanish Department Conversation Group Program, Calvin College 1994-2000. Recruiting, training and evaluation of 50 student conversation group leaders. Scheduling of 525 elementary and intermediate level students with leaders. Overseeing the ongoing curriculum and work of the weekly conversation groups.
Coordinator for the Spanish Department Tutoring Program, Calvin College 1994-2000. Recruiting, training and evaluating of 12 advanced student tutors. Overseeing weekly scheduling and ongoing work of tutors.