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Dr. Ben Coates

Assistant Professor of Spanish


  • Ph.D. - La Universidad Nacional de Eduación a Distancia (Spain)
  • MA - The University of Northern Iowa
  • BA - Clemson University


Dr. Coates came to Gardner-Webb in the fall of 2008. He taught for nine years in the public schools of Spartanburg and Union Counties (South Carolina) and one year as a Visiting Instructor of Spanish at Furman University. He has experience teaching Spanish to students from the age of junior high/intermediate school through graduate school. He taught Advanced Placement Spanish Language and now is an AP Reader and Table Leader. His research interests include Hispanic Theater and 20th century Spanish literature, and he has published articles in journals in the United States and Spain.