College of Arts and Sciences
English and Modern Languages
Working on doctorate (Applied Spanish Linguistics), Universidad Internacional Iberoamericana, Mexico
M.A. (Spanish), 2012, Illinois State University
B.A. (Spanish), 2010, Eureka College
Prior to joining Olivet’s faculty in 2012, Professor Bachelor taught Spanish at Illinois State University, was a graduate assistant in Spain for Bowling Green State University, and worked as a Spanish tutor at Eureka College. While working on his degrees, he studied in Spain for three years.
His areas of specialty are Spanish peninsular culture, foreign language pedagogy and L2 pragmatics. At Olivet, he teaches Spanish Culture & Civilization, Spanish Phonetics, and beginning and intermediate level Spanish. He also supervises the Spanish education candidates, and serves on the Teacher Education Committee and the Multicultural Committee.
His articles dealing with foreign language pedagogy and L2 Spanish pragmatics, published both in the U.S. and abroad, may be accessed through Olivet's Digital Commons. His article, “Is Spanish Pragmatic Instruction Necessary in the L2 Classroom If Latin American Speakers of Spanish Take on American English Pragmatic Norms Once Prolonged Exposure in the United States Occurs? A Study on Refusal Strategies,” was included in the world’s largest educational database, ERIC.
Professor Bachelor is a member of the American Association of Applied Linguistics (AAAL), American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese (AATSP), and the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL). He received a Superior rating — the highest rating — when he took the "Praxis II: Spanish" exam in 2013.
Singing and traveling are two of his passions. He has traveled extensively throughout Spain and has also visited England, France, Bolivia and Puerto Rico. As a singer, he has competed in numerous vocal competitions and enjoys singing special music for various occasions.
His family connections with the Nazarene church and Olivet run deep. His grandfather is a retired Nazarene minister. Both his younger sister and his mother are current Olivet students. His older sister teaches math as an adjunct, and his brother-in-law is an engineering professor.