PhD, Temple University
MA, Temple University
BS, Kutztown University
Tom Acker, PhD, received his Bachelor of Science in art education with a secondary concentration in painting from Kutztown University in Pennsylvania. He earned both his Master of Arts and PhD in Spanish and Spanish Golden Age literature, respectively, from Temple University in Philadelphia, PA. Acker teaches First-Year Spanish, Second-Year Spanish, Introduction to the Literature of Spain, Spanish for Medical and Social Services, Spanish for Business, Advanced Spanish Composition and History and Culture of Latin America and Spain, among other courses.
His research interests include classical imagery and the paintings of Diego Velázquez and art as an expression of Latin culture; the Diary of the Domínguez and Escalante Expedition; José Martí, the writer and the political figure as perceived in Cuba and the U.S. and issues of Hispanic immigration and their impact on the community.
Acker encourages his students to compare their world view with that of the Spanish-speaking world in order to develop not only proficiency in their second language, but also an appreciation for and understanding of the experiences that have formed and are forming the cultures of the Spanish-speaking world.