Joseph (José) McClanahan
Joseph (José) McClanahan

Joseph (José) McClanahan

Associate Professor
Chair, Modern Languages and Literatures, HCCA 111-B
College of Arts and Sciences

Expertise/Specializations

  • Spanish for Medical Professionals, Peninsular Literature and Culture, Study Abroad

Academic Appointments

Department

  • Modern Languages and Literatures

Position

  • Associate Professor

Teaching Activity

  • All levels of Spanish language
  • Healthcare for Hispanics and Immigrants in the US
  • Peninsular culture and literature
  • Spanish Film
  • Spanish for Medical Professionals
  • Study Abroad

Biography

Dr. Joseph (José) McClanahan is the current Chair of the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at Creighton. He teaches at all levels of the curriculum, including language, literature, and culture courses abroad. He has taught in Latin America and in Spain. Recently, his research interests focus on contemprary Spanish literature and drama as well as on the scholarship of teaching and learning, specifically related to Languages for Special Purposes. He also has a strong interest in curricular development and design that centers on new students entering the university. He has also led student educational trips to almost every continent on the globe.

Education

  • Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska - Lincoln

Certifications

Secondary Education Teaching Certification Spanish

Publications and Presentations

Books

  • "Del guión al escenario: Picospardo’s y la transición social española." Madrid: Imaginógrafo, S.A., 2017 [forthcoming], 2017

Articles

  • “Reevaluating the Relationship between Millennial Students, their Parents, and Professors when teaching a Study-Abroad Course: Searching for More Success”. IAFOR Academic Review, Vol 2, Issue 1: Nagoya, Japan. pp. 37-45. Online., IAFOR Academic Review, 2:1, 37-45, 2016
  • “Leandro Fernández de Moratín.” Spanish Literature in the World: An Encyclopedia, Editors: Maureen Ihrie and Salvador Oropesa, Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2011. pp. 389-90. Print., 389-90, 2011
  • “Tomás de Iriarte.” Spanish Literature in the World: An Encyclopedia, Editors: Maureen Ihrie and Salvador Oropesa, Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2011. pp. 519-20. Print, 519-20, 2011
  • “La economía del deseo: El “negocio” del hombre en la literatura de Mayra Santos-Febres.” Diaspora 18 (2011):06-11. Print, Diaspora, 18, 06-11, 2011
  • “Millennials Moving Forward: Studying a Foreign Language with a New Generation of Students.” Selected Proceedings of the International Conference of Education, Research, and Innovation. 2010. Electronic., International Conference of Education, Research, and Innovation, 2010
  • “Globalization’s Divide: Dollars and Desires in Sirena Selena, Vestida de Pena (2000)” By Mayra Santos-Febres Diaspora 17 (2009): 57-64. Print., Diaspora, 17, 57-64, 2009

Presentations

  • ”Confusing Politics with Performance: Picospardo’s and Its Critics” Mid-America Conference on Hispanic Literatures. U of Kansas, Lawrence, KS, November 2016., 2016
  • [Keynote address] ”Educating for the Future: How Undergraduate Research Can and Does Provide Opportunity for Students to Succeed.” Feature Conference Speaker. The 8th Asian Conference on Education, Kobe, Japan, October 2016., 2016
  • [Featured Speaker] ”Shaping the Future: Why Incorporating Undergraduate Students into Research and Scholarship is So Important.” Invited Lecture. The 7th Asian Conference on Education, Kobe, Japan, October 2015., 2015
  • ”Race, Sexuality, and Identity in Fe de Disfraz by Mayra Santos-Febres” International Conference on Academic Disciplines, Vienna, Austria, April 2015., 2015
  • “Reevaluating the Relationship between Millennial Students, their Parents, and Professors When teaching a Study-Abroad Course: Search for More Success”. The 6th Asian Conference on Education, Osaka, Japan, October 2014, 2014
  • ”Playing at Learning?: Millennial Students and the Use of Technology in the World Languages Classroom”. The Asian Conference of Language Learning. Osaka, Japan. April 2014., 2014
  • “Curricular Evolutions: A Case for Developing a Master's Degree Program in Specialized Language Skills within a Department of Languages and Literatures” 5th Asian Conference on Education. Osaka, Japan. October 2013, 2013
  • “Do you see what I see?: The Traveling Views of Martín Rico y Ortega, a Spanish Landscape Arts painting in 19th Century Europe“ CU-Joslyn Series, Omaha, NE. September 2013., 2013
  • “Struggles with Identities and Belonging: Seeing Asians in Spain through the lens of three contemporary Film Directors” 3rd Asian Conference on the Humanities and Arts. Osaka, Japan. April 2013, 2013
  • “So, this is your mom…”: Rethinking the Relationship between Millennial Students, their Parents, and Professors When Teaching a Study-Abroad Course” Worldwide Forum on Education and Culture, Rome, Italy. November 2012., 2012
  • “Am I Really Learning?: An Examination of How Extracurricular Clubs Can Foster Additional Educational Opportunities/Spaces for Millennial Students at the University”. 4th Annual Asian Conference on Education. Osaka, Japan, October 2012, 2012
  • “Independence, Sex, and the Search for Self in Mayra Santos-Febres’ Fe de disfraz (2009).” 10th Hawaii International Conference on Arts and the Humanities. University of Hawaii, Honolulu, HI, January 2012., 2012
  • “La economía del deseo: El “negocio” del hombre en la literatura de Mayra Santos-Febres.” 17th Annual Afro-Hispanic Literature and Culture Conference. Cartegena de las Indias, Colombia, December 2010, 2010
  • “Millennials Moving Forward: Studying a Foreign Language with a New Generation of Students.” International Conference on Education, Research, and Innovation. Madrid, Spain, November 2010., 2010

Research and Scholarship

Research and Scholarship Interests

  • Study Abroad and student learning, Contemporary Peninsular Drama, Role of Immigration in Literature and Film, Undergraduate Research in the Humanities, Study Abroad, Trans-Atlantic Literature (Focusing on Afro-Hispanic Authors and Themes), Foreign Language Pedagogy, Study Abroad

Current Research Projects

  • Contemporary Peninsular Drama, Role of Immigration in Literature and Film, Undergraduate Research in the Humanities, Study Abroad, Trans-Atlantic Literature, Foreign Language Pedagogy

Grant Funding Received

  • AEA Grant, Summer 2008 Project: “Assessing the Foreign Language Requirement of the Core Curriculum: Maximizing the Student Learning Experience
  • "Global Citizens in Action: Embracing Otherness Through Language and Conflict Competence" The interconnectivity between culture, language, and conflict has come to the forefront in the US as the population becomes diversified. It is imperative that CU’s faculty and staff has the skill set to effectively communicate with current and future students We propose to actively involve faculty and staff from across CU in a process of active learning to grasp the global implications between these key factors of communication and conflict competency. Through a series of specific, reflective, and immersive exercises participants will engage first-hand with a people who have a different language and culture, as well as a distinct view of conflict which is essential for global citizenship. Participants will benefit by acquiring a foundation of knowledge that they can share with members of the CU and Omaha community.
  • "Responding to Crisis in a Contemporary Global Society: What Can We Learn from Japan" While it is officially known how governmental and commercial entities react to crisis and conflict either natural or manmade, this proposal aims to examine the personal and spiritual reaction by people during difficult times, using contemporary Japan as example. Japanese society emphasizes the concept of harmony over the individual; and as such, it can serve as an alternative model of response. Through a first-hand examination of the individual’s personal and spiritual reactions to moments of great strife in contemporary life, participants will engage in reflective processes to understand their own personal responses, and by extension, how their own society acts when faced with life-changing events on a national level. Open to faculty, staff, and students, participants will be asked upon their return to incorporate what they have learned into their lives: academically, personally, and spiritually and to share them with others through public forums or private interactions.