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Diana Cochran

Assistant Professor of Spanish Diana Cochran

Assistant Professor of Spanish
On faculty since 2003




M.A., Reformed Theological Seminary, 2002
M.A., Florida State University, 1981
B.A., Florida State University, 1977

Professional Interests

Philosophy of teaching:

I enjoy teaching, guiding a student's learning process. I impart information in a variety of fun and creative ways.

The students must take ownership of their own learning. Though the student must decide to learn, I can help the process by making the material as interesting as possible so that s/he will want to learn. Since my field is languages, which are often considered optional, I see a greater need to "fascinate" my students with the material.

It is truly fascinating to see how a language works, to use such a "strange" tool, to "travel around the world" while still in the classroom, and to begin to understand another culture, another way of looking at the world. I believe that learning another language enriches the student's life by opening up a whole new world.


Professional activities: Conferences for the following organizations:

  • North American Christian Foreign Language Association
  • American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages


Personal Interests

Mountain hiking, horseback-riding, traveling worldwide


Covenant Activities

I work with the Diversity Program on campus and my focus is the international students. I have enjoyed hosting student groups at my home as well as accompanying them on school-sponsored outings. I have also invited students to get involved in activities in the community. These activities include helping teachers in Hamilton County's largest ESOL elementary program, ESOL and Spanish classes for adults in Lafayette, "First Friends", a ministry of First Presbyterian (a downtown church) to international students at the Univ. of Tennessee Chattanooga.

Besides these local projects, I have led Break-On-Impact trips, which are short-term mission trips with students during spring break. In 2005 I took a group of 15 to Honduras to work at Our Little Roses, a home for abandoned, abused or orphaned girls. In 2006 I led a group of 10 to Latvia, the first MTW-sponsored group to work with the Riga Reformed Church. In 2007 I traveled with a group of students to Belgium to learn about and work with the international ministry there.


Professional Membership

  • North American Christian Foreign Language Association
  • American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages



  • Imago Dei: Made in the Image of God, Paper presented at the 2006 NACFLA annual Conference, Baylor University, Waco, Texas


Fall 2014 Courses