Department: Department of Modern Languages
Office Location: Heelan 304
Dr. Willie Suárez teaches classes on Beginning, Intermediate and Advanced Spanish Culture, Civilization, Literature and Grammar. His area of specialization is Colonial Hispanic American literature and his area of research includes multiple educational approaches: culture, technology, project-based learning. Cultural Studies of Latin America and Spain and the Hispanic cinema with emphasis in the Mexican 21st Century Film Era.
Dr. Suárez earned a B.A. in Business Administration from the University of Guadalajara, México. He also earned a diploma in Executive Skills from the Tec de Monterrey campus Guadalajara, México. When he moved to the US, he completed a Master’s degree and PhD Degree in Modern Languages and Literatures-Spanish. As a Teacher Assistant, he taught courses in Spanish for Professional Careers at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. In addition, he has taught Spanish language, Hispanic literatures, cultures and civilization courses at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, University of South Dakota, South Dakota State University, University of Sioux Falls, and Briar Cliff University. When he moved to Sioux Falls, he collaborated with Avera Medical Hospitals to assist the community. Dr. Suárez has also guided students in their research papers to understand better cultural sensitivity and health care needs of the Latino community in South Dakota. His personal goal is to collaborate with health students to help them understand and treat their future patients adequately.
Suárez has verbally committed to teaching the Foundational Spanish for Health Care Professionals Course in the summer of the second year of Briar Cliff's developing Doctor of Physical Therapy Program*.