Spanish Basic Language ProgramDepartment of Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese

Joseph Bauman

Joseph Bauman
Associate Teaching Professor of Spanish
Director of Undergraduate Studies

140 Burrowes

Phone: (814) 865-1171

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PhD, Spanish Linguistics, The Pennsylvania State University


I completed my undergraduate education right here at Penn State, earning a B.A. in Integrative Arts and a B.A. in Spanish and then worked as a goldsmith for several years before returning to earn my Ph.D. in Spanish Linguistics in 2013. After teaching numerous courses as a graduate student, I took a position as a lecturer to explore my growing passion for teaching.  

I now teach a wide range of courses in the Spanish Department and the Program in Linguistics, including Spanish grammar, phonology, and the history of Spanish. My research interests include language variation and historical language change, especially in the evolution of Spanish. I am fascinated by the gradual process of linguistic change, as it illustrates how language is not static; rather it is constantly evolving. In addition, as the Director of Undergraduate Studies for Spanish, I advise students on their course plans and help to prepare Spanish students to study abroad.