Karol J. Hardin

Karol J. Hardin
Professor of Spanish Director of Spanish for Health Professions
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Research/Teaching Interests

  • Spanish Linguistics (Applied Linguistics)

  • Medical Spanish

  • Spanish Pragmatics (Persuasive Discourse, Lying)


Ph.D., Ibero-Romance Linguistics and Philology, University of Texas at Austin, 1999

M.A., Ibero-Romance Linguistics and Philology, University of Texas at Austin, 1992

B.S., Secondary Education (Spanish, Math, English), Baylor University, 1987

Courses Taught at Baylor

  • Elementary Spanish I & II (SPA 1301 & 1302)

  • Intermediate Spanish (SPA 2310)

  • Exploring the Spanish-Speaking World (SPA 2320)

  • Intermediate Spanish for Medical Professions (SPA 2321)

  • Introduction to Spanish Linguistics (SPA 3309)

  • Spanish Phonology and Morphology (SPA 4303)

  • Spanish Semantics and Pragmatics (SPA 4305)

  • Advanced Spanish for Medical Professions (SPA 4321)

  • Undergraduate Independent Study (SPA 4V90)

  • Topics in Linguistics (SPA 5388)

  • Graduate Independent Study (SPA 5V90)
  • M.A. Thesis (SPA 5V99)

  • Honors Supervised Independent Readings (HON 3100/3101)

  • Honors Thesis (HON 4V87)

  • Continuing Education Spanish for Medical Personnel

Selected Publications


Karol Hardin & Allyson Irom. Español conversacional para profesiones médicas: Manual de actividades [Conversational Spanish for Medical Professions: Activity Manual]. Second edition. Champaign, IL: Stipes Publishing, 2018.

Karol Hardin. Pragmatics of Persuasive Discourse in Spanish Television Advertising. SIL International and The University of Texas at Arlington Joint Publications in Linguistics: Dallas, TX, 2001.


  • Co-authored with P. Ortega, C. Pérez-Cordón, A. O. Cox, C. Kyle, D. Truesdale, R. Chang, G. A. Martínez, A.M. Miller De Rutté, C. Pérez-Muñoz, L. Rolón, T. M. Shin. "An overview of online resources for physicians learning medical Spanish to improve healthcare for linguistic minorities." Teaching and Learning in Medicine (2021). http://doi.org/10.1080/10401334.2021.1959335.

  • Co-authored with T. Shin, D. Johnston, E. Rajadhyaksha, L. C. Diamond, R. Chang, G. Martínez, P. Ortega, P. (2021). "Scoping review of textbooks for medical Spanish education in medical schools." Medical Science Educator 13 (2021): 1519-1527. http://doi.org/10.1007/s40670-021-01333-8.

  • Co-authored with Abigail Allison. "Missed opportunities to build rapport: A pragmalinguistic analysis of interpreted medical interviews with Spanish-speaking patients." Health Communication 35.4 (2020): 494-501. doi: 10.1080/10410236.2019.1567446.

  • "An overview of medical Spanish curricula in the United States. State-of-the-State Feature Article: Medical Spanish in the United States." Hispania 98.4 (2015): 640-661. doi:10.1353/hpn.2015.0118.

  • Karol Hardin & D. Mike Hardin Jr. "Medical Spanish programs: A critical review of published studies and a proposal of best practices." Teaching and Learning in Medicine 25.4 (2013): 306–311. doi: 10.1080/10401334.2013.827974

  • "Targeting oral and cultural proficiency for medical personnel: An examination of current medical Spanish textbooks." Hispania 95.4 (2012): 698–713. doi:10.1353/hpn.2012.0139.

  • "The Spanish notion of lie: Revisiting Coleman and Kay." Journal of Pragmatics 42.12 (2010): 3199–3213.

Book Chapters

  • "Pragmatics and medical discourse." In The Routledge Handbook of Spanish Pragmatics. Ed. D. Koike and C. Félix-Brasdefer (Philadelphia: Routledge, 2020).

  • "Linguistic approaches to lying and deception." In The Oxford Handbook of Lying. Ed. J. Meibauer (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2019). doi:10.1093/oxfordhb/9780198736578.013.4.

Full Resume

Curriculum Vitae