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Evelyn Nadeau

Professor of Spanish
Office: 126 CBH 
Mail Stop: 1817 
Phone: 6557 


Degrees earned: BA, Mills College; MA, San Francisco State University; Ph.D., University of California, Davis

Professional experience: Evelyn began teaching at the university level when she was a graduate student, and later taught at the Universidad Autónoma de Baja California in Ensenada, Mexico, and at Southern Oregon University in Ashland, Oregon, before coming to Clarke.

Teaching philosophy: The fundamental concept that guides my teaching is the empowerment of students, which translates to learning that is active, student-centered, set within a cultural context and enjoyable. I also believe that what happens as part of the class should continue to open us up to new learning and experiences even after the course ends.

Clarke’s impact on Evelyn: Having lived most of my life on the West Coast, I didn’t expect to end up in the Midwest, but when I first visited Clarke I knew that this was a very special place, so I and my family made the move and I’ve never regretted it. There is such a strong sense of community, caring and compassion here at Clarke, which is not something I’ve seen elsewhere. Our Clarke Core Values are not just words — they form the culture here, and I really value that.

Evelyn’s impact on students: The caring Clarke community is first and foremost a community of learners, and I really appreciate the chance to be a part of students’ educational journey. One of the great things about Clarke is that I can spend time with my students and get to know them as people, and while I’m helping to support them on their path to reach their academic, professional and personal goals, in many cases our relationship goes on even after they’ve graduated. I keep in touch with our graduates in a number of ways, from chatting on line with those who are on the other side of the world to having coffee and a chat (in Spanish!) with a former student who lives down the road. This has led to continuing opportunities to network, leading to job possibilities and sharing of information and opportunities for former and current students.

Evelyn’s favorite: 

Movie – I’d have to say Mujeres al  borde de un ataque de nervios (Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown) by Pedro Almodóvar. I can watch it again and again, which is good since I’ve shown it in so many classes!

Book – Of course if it’s a novel it has to be Cien años de soledad (A Hundred Years of Solitude) by Gabriel García Márquez

Quote – "Aguda espina dorada, quién te pudiera sentir en el corazón clavada." A. Machado (If you need help to understand it, I suggest studying (more) Spanish!)

Class in college – Public Speaking. I was really scared to take it because I was shy, but I talked myself into it and ended up really loving it!

Place traveled – U.S., Mexico (both places I lived and traveled in), Puerto Rico, various European countries, but especially Spain.

Hobby – Knitting, reading and watching movies, walks with my dog, spending time with family and friends.

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  • Arts at Clarke 2016
  • Transfer Fall 2015