David Engel, instructor of Spanish, has been teaching 100 level, 200 level and independent study courses at OSU-Cascades since 2015-2016.
David also co-directs the Faculty Support Center with Scott Geddes, chairs the Associated Faculty Advisory Board, represents OSU-Cascades as a fellow in the Center for Teacher and Learning, and is faculty advisor to the Spanish and Culture Club.
In addition to his roles at OSU-Cascades, David serves on the Higher Education Committee of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese (AATSP) where he played a role in the development of the organization’s Statement on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. He has presented at national and international conferences for this organization as well as with the Coalition of Oregon Foreign Language Teaching (COFLT).
David has taught as an adjunct professor of Spanish at Central Oregon Community College (COCC), since 2011-2012 and has served as the instructional coordinator of COSSI, the Summer Spanish Immersion Program since its inception in 2016.
David is Co-Founder of Ventanas, LLC, which develops and leads cultural immersion programs in Spain and Portugal. He has provided Spanish instruction and training in Oregon since 2006 with such organizations as Bend-LaPine Schools, Deschutes County, St. Charles Medical Center, Deschutes Public Library, Bend Fire Department, Redmond Fire Department, Sisters Park and Recreation, Jefferson School District, Sunriver Resort, Crook County Library and Crescent Ranger District. He does official document translation for public and educational institutions.
David earned a Master of Arts in Spanish Language Teaching from Southern Oregon University and Universidad de Guanajuato, a Diploma of Spanish as a Foreign Language from the Cervantes Institute in Madrid, a Master of Divinity from Denver Seminary, and Certifications in Catalan from Escola Oficial d’Idiomes in Girona, Spain and in Outdoor Leadership from the Generalitat de Catalunya in Barcelona.
His interactive teaching approach empowers students to advance their communication skills in Spanish and create meaningful connections and opportunities in the local community and the world. His scholarship focuses on the use of literature in the acquisition of Spanish.
In 2022 David was an honoree for the OSU-Cascades Bend Beavs Culture Award. In 2017 he received the COCC Faculty Achievement Award as Part Time Instructor of the Year. In 2016 he was a recipient of the Robert G. Mead, Jr. Travel and Research Scholarship. He has traveled to more than thirty countries and has led service projects to Honduras, Mexico, the Navajo Reservation in Arizona and multi-cultural urban settings in California.
Engel, D.M. (2019, October). La historia y la cultura de tapas: un recorrido por el pasado y el presente de España a través de los platos compartidos. Presentation at the bi-annual conference of the Washington Association for Language Teaching (WAFLT) and the Confederation for Foreign Language Teaching in Oregon (COFLT), Portland, OR.
Engel, D.M. (2019, July). Pasión por la lectura: la incorporación de la literature en la enseñanza de español como lengua extrajera. Presentation at the national conference of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese, San Diego, CA.
Engel, D.M. (2017, October). Creating Immersion Experiences in the Foreign Language Classroom. Presentation at the annual conference of COFLT, Eugene, OR.
Engel, D.M. (2015, October). Using Authentic Texts in the Beginning Level Spanish Class. Presentation at the annual conference of COFLT, Portland, OR.
Engel, D.M. (2006, January). La explotación de dinámicas y otras actividades en la naturaleza. Presentation at the international conference of LATINA, Quito, Ecuador.