Tom A. Neiles

Professor of Modern Languages
Foreign Language Department Chair
On faculty since 2000




DML, French with German as second language, Middlebury College, 2010
MA, Millersville University of Pennsylvania, 1975
BS, Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania, 1969


Personal Interests

I enjoy running, walking, reading and travel, especially in Europe.


Professional Interests

God has given me a genuine love of history and French and German. It is my hope that through teaching and interacting with students that these interests will be shared and expanded. Students will then have a more diversified worldview. As our world becomes more and more the global community of which we hear so often, students with a second language will be better able to complement their fields of interest in service to others. 


Covenant Activities

It has been my pleasure to organize and participate in mission trips to eastern Berlin with the Break-on-Impact Program at Covenant. I also appreciate the opportunities to get to know and work with many of the foreign students on our campus. Students often see me in the weight rooms of Ashe Center as I enjoy physical fitness and stress-management activities. Foreign movie nights and dinners at our home or on campus provide more opportunities to spend time with students.


Professional Memberships

  • American Association of Teachers of French
  • American Association of Teachers of German
  • National Association of Christian Teachers of Foreign Language


Selected Publications

  • Les Voyages d'André Michaux aux Etats-Unis d'Amérique
    (master's thesis at MSU, 1975)
  • The Effects of the Early Reformation on the Works of Albrecht Dürer (three-year integration paper for Covenant College, 2002)
  • La Vie du botaniste André Michaux (doctoral dissertation at Middlebury College, 2010)

Drew Nelson

Drew Nelson '16 describes some of the highlights of his time at Covenant - including the benefit of studying linguistics, the understanding attitude of faculty, and total immersion in French culture during a semester of study in Aix-en-Provence.

Holly Randolph

"I’ve always liked studying languages and I love that I get the opportunity to speak in Spanish every day. The professors in my major are great, too. There have been several times when I’ve met with them to discuss my plans after graduation and they’re always willing to give me advice and talk about their experience with continuing their Spanish education after college."
 - Spanish major Holly Randolph '17
Jeremy Mosley and three language lab tutors discuss the benefits of students practicing conversations with native speakers in Covenant's language lab.