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Catherine M. Nock

Catherine M. Nock

Catherine M. Nock

Assistant Teaching Professor, Spanish


Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
334 HB Crouse Hall


Women's and Gender Studies


Spanish Language Literature and Culture


  • Master of Public Administration, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University
  • Bachelor of Arts, Spanish Language and Culture, Binghamton University
  • Bachelor of Arts, Political Science, Binghamton University
  • Additional coursework: French Language, Translation and Culture

Courses Taught

  • SPA 101, 102, 201 Introductory and Intermediate language
  • SPA 200 Spanish Immersion
  • SPA 202 Spanish IV - grammar, composition and 20th century short story
  • FRE 102 French II Introductory language
  • SPA 301 Approaches to Reading Texts - introduces the student to literary genres: short story, essays, drama, novels and poetry
  • HNR 100 Honors Orientation Seminar
Teaching Interests

Catherine Nock teaches Spanish and is the Assistant Spanish Language Coordinator at Syracuse University. Her interests include curriculum development, teacher training, communicative classroom design and the use of technology in language learning. She has taught SPA 101,102, 201, 202, as well as SPA 301 (Approaches to Reading Texts) and SPA 200 (Spanish Immersion). Two of her teaching goals are to design activities to increase oral proficiency in the interactive classroom, and to encourage cultural literacy through film, music and texts. Her areas of interest include second language acquisition, Spanish and Latin American cinema, translation, and creating opportunities for students to use Spanish in real-world contexts.

  • Assistant Teaching Professor of Spanish Language, Literature and Culture, 2015-present
  • French Language Coordinator 2014-2015, 2017-2018
  • Assistant Spanish Language Coordinator 1998-present
  • Instructor of Spanish 1995-2014

“Going Beyond the Basics” webinar for online language teaching. Co-organizer of event with invited speaker Dr. Doug Shaw, Innovative Teaching project. October 2020

“Improv for the Online Language Classroom: 3 easy exercises and how to do them”: Co-creator of video for language teaching professionals as part of the Innovative Teaching project. July 2020

“A Simple Fix: Making Room for Engagement”; Presenter, at the “Strategies for Success” workshop offered by the French and Spanish programs for LLL faculty and Teaching Assistants. February 2020

“Instructional Design and Technology to Support Learning”. Organizer, LLL faculty workshop with invited speaker Dr. Tiffany Koszalka, SU School of Education. April 2019

“Lesson Planning at the 200 Level”. Presenter, Syracuse University, August 2019

“Using the target language in basic and intermediate courses”. Co-presenter, Syracuse University. August 2019

"Inclusive Teaching – Making your Students More Successful" (chair of organizing committee), with Marth Diede, November 2018

"Working with Google Docs" (co-organizer),with Elizabeth Juarez-Cummings, November 2018

"Hands-on Activities for the Second Language Classroom"; "Lesson-planning for Beginners"; "Practical Uses for Technology in the Communicative Classroom" (co-organizer; co-presenter with Kathryn Clinton), Graduate Teaching Assistant Orientation, Syracuse University, August 2018

LLL Language Instruction Committee Professional Development Series (chair of organizing committee, 2018):

  • "Translanguaging in University-level Second (and Foreign) Language Instruction", with Robert Lally and Amanda Brown, April 2018
  • "Vocabulary Teaching and Testing" Denis Samburskiy, Mona Eikel-Pohen, Lin Guo, February 2018

"Oral Communication: Form, Methods, Assessments", (co-organizer, presenter),with Mona Eikel-Pohen, Denis Samburskiy, Elizabeth Voss, Emily Grenz, March 2017

"Fostering Communication in the Classroom, and the use of Integrated Performance Assessments" (organizer), with Cristina Sparks-Early, September 2017

"Lesson planning – Developing Workable Plans for Your First Week" (presenter) Graduate Teaching Assistant Orientation, Syracuse University, August 2017

"Preparing for Micro-teaching" (presenter), Graduate Teaching Assistant Orientation, Syracuse University, August, 2017

"New Tools, New Lessons" (organizer, presenter, with Kathryn Clinton, Socorro Koseki, Magdelin Montenegro), Syracuse University, November, 2016

"Some Considerations for Teaching in Today's Language Classroom" (presenter) FLT Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Orientation Seminar, August 2016

"The Student-Centered Classroom", (co-presenter with Kathryn Clinton) Department of Languages, Literatures & Linguistics Graduate Teaching Assistant Orientation Workshop, August 2016

"Technology in Language Teaching", (panelist) Interact Language Center, June 2016

"Using Expressions (Wordpress) in the Intermediate Language Course" (presenter) LLL Teaching Technology Showcase, September 2014, Syracuse University

"Creating the Classroom Community: Some considerations for language instructors" (presenter) FLT Fulbright Orientation August 2014, Syracuse University

"Teaching L2 Reading and Writing" Graduate Teaching Assistant Orientation, (presenter) August 2014, Syracuse University

"Spanish Immersion Results: Creating and teaching a pilot course", (co-presenter with Kathryn Clinton) Fall 2013, LLL, Syracuse University

"How to Survive Writing Your Thesis in English: Suggestions for improving your results and avoiding common problems", August 2013, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong

"Al Otro Lado: Resources and ideas for presenting US-Mexico border issues in the Spanish language class": fall 2012, New York City for Syracuse University Project Advance teachers' conference; and spring 2013 SUPA teachers' conference in Syracuse, NY

"Why the classroom physical environment matters, and what we can do with it" (presenter), LLL Showcase, Syracuse University, spring 2012

"Teaching Considerations for New Faculty - Designing and teaching the undergraduate course" (panelist) Meredith Professors panel discussion for new faculty, August 2012

Honors and Awards
  • LLL Innovative Teaching Initiative Award: “Using Performance-based Methods to Reinforce Oral Skills: A Holistic Methodology Based on Neuroscientific Research”. April 2020. Co-wrote proposal.
  • Humanities Corridor funding received – co-wrote proposal with colleagues from Hobart and William Smith College and University of Buffalo for a two-day event: “Voces Teatrales: an evening with Josefina Baez”. April 2019
  • Gerlinde Ulm Sanford Award for loyalty, dedication and contribution to the Department, 2016, LLL, Syracuse University
  • Language and Spirit Award, for cross-disciplinary work in the Department, 2015, Languages, Literatures and Linguistics, Syracuse University
  • Office of Disabilities Services Certificate of Faculty Recognition, 2015, Syracuse University
  • Co-wrote successful grant application for the SU Innovation Fund; designed and taught a new course: SPA 200 Spanish Language Immersion (2013 - 2016)
  • Meredith Excellence in Teaching Award, 2012, Syracuse University
  • Member of Modern Language Association, American Council on Teaching Foreign Languages, and Language Educators of Central New York