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Assistant Professor of Spanish & Linguistics
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University Hall 3167
(205) 934-5349

Research and Teaching Interests: Pragmatics, Spanish/English for Specific Purposes, Computer Assisted Language Learning, Second Language Acquisition, Telecollaboration, Intercultural Competence, Heritage Language Education, Bilingualism, and Study Abroad Immersion Programs.

Office Hours: By appointment

  • B.A. in Spanish and Political Science – University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Study Abroad Immersion Program: Saint Louis University – Madrid (Spain)
  • M.A. in Spanish and World Language Teaching – DePaul (Chicago) University
  • M.A. in English as a Second Language (ESL) and Bilingual/Bicultural Education – DePaul (Chicago) University
  • Ph.D. in Spanish Linguistics – Arizona State University

Tim Ashe grew up in Chicago, Illinois and comes from a family of educators and public speakers. Before coming to Academia, he spent 6 years working in Corporate America doing sales, marketing, and language analysis for international companies where he focused on fostering relationships with people from various cultures and countries. He is also a certified interpreter and translator in Spanish where he has assisted organizations and institutions with their translation needs. Later, after working for a few years as a High School Language Instructor in various capacities, he realized he wanted to use his language skills in the community and investigate language use in Hispanic communities. He decided to become a linguist where he focuses on second language acquisition and how people use technology and cultural competency frameworks to build their proficiency skills. He has over 14 years of experience teaching adult and adolescent students of all ages in both Spanish and English and has presented and researched both nationally and internationally. He has routinely collaborated with institutions and governments as a language consultant in both Europe and South America. He has lived extensively in Spain, Mexico, and Brazil and has taught both Spanish and English in various institutions and academies in a variety of contexts where he specializes in teaching linguistics and language for specific purposes. He specifically works on projects to analyze how mobile applications and social media allow students to learn about target languages and cultures and has published in a variety of technology and language acquisition journals. Besides linguistics and language courses, he enjoys teaching Spanish for Business, Spanish for Law, Spanish for Medicine, and Spanish study abroad/culture. He has brought groups of students to Spain and Mexico for the last 10 years. Dr. Ashe is fluent in English, Spanish, Portuguese, and Italian.

  • Current Courses
    • SPA 101: Introductory Spanish I
    • SPA 214: Introduction to Translation for the Professions
    • SPA 430: Spanish Sociolinguistics