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Sandy Shaw

Professor of Modern Languages Sandy Shaw

Professor of Modern Languages
On faculty 1976-1985; since 2007





Ph.D., Cornell University, 1975

B.A., Middlebury College, 1967


Professional Interests

I have been teaching French and Spanish at the college or high school level since 1968, when I was a graduate student in Romance linguistics at Cornell. I have always been especially interested in applying the principles of linguistics to foreign language teaching, in order to make classroom learning more organized, effective, and proficient. I like to balance challenging teaching with kindness, encouragement, and patience.


Personal Interests

Since my early childhood I have been fascinated by classical music; I have played the piano and sung in choirs and choruses since elementary school. I am currently singing bass in the Bach Choir of Chattanooga and Choral Arts of Chattanooga, and I still practice the piano regularly.

I love to go walking, hiking, and jogging in the fresh air on Lookout Mountain. I jog along
Scenic Highway frequently, and I go for hikes along the Bluff Trail and in Cloudland Canyon State Park.

I have enjoyed reading all my life; I am presently savoring What's So Great About Christianity by Dinesh D'Souza, The Buried Mirror by Carlos Fuentes, and The Known World by Edward P. Jones.


Professional Memberships

  • American Association of Teachers of French
  • American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese
  • American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages
  • North American Association of Christian Foreign Language Educators


Spring 2014 Courses

FRE102 Elementary French II

FRE320 French Phonetics and Diction

FRE492 Senior Integegration Paper

SPA102 Elementary Spanish II

SPA341 Adv Spa Structure&Stylistics I

SPA353 Hispanic Literature III

SPA492 Senior Integegration Paper