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Joel T. Postema

Joel T. Postema

Associate Professor/Chair

Spanish Faculty

(724) 946-7263

Campus Location:
   Patterson Hall
   Office - 309
Mailbox: 217


About Me

I graduated as a double major in Mathematics and Spanish from Calvin College in 1996.  The following year, I enrolled as a student in the master's program in Spanish at Western Michigan University and received my degree in 1999.  I earned my PhD from Washington University in St. Louis in 2005, the same year I began my career with Westminster College.

As a researcher, I principally look at contemporary Central American narratives and look at how their authors interweave inidgenous voice and ecological themes.

One of the exciting ways in which I use my language ability is through volunteering a week of my time each year to serve as an interpreter for a mission partnership between local churches and the Iglesia Evangélica Dominicana in Sabaneta de Yásica, Dominican Republic.  During this week, I translate for doctors, construction workers, educators and church officials.