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Misty Pursel

Assistant Teaching Professor of Spanish

Spanish 10/20 Supervisor

137 Burrowes
University Park , PA 16802
Office Phone: (814) 865-6589

Office Hours:

  • Tuesday 12:15 - 1:15 pm
  • Wednesday 11:30 am - 1:30 pm


I am a lecturer in the Spanish Basic Language Program and have taught Spanish 1, 2, and 3 at Penn State. I received my B.A. in Spanish and English, with a focus on literature and creative writing, from Kalamazoo College in Kalamazoo, Michigan. During my junior year, I studied abroad in Valparaíso, Chile. At Penn State, my research interests included immigration and exile in the Americas, primarily in the 20th century. I graduated with an M.A. in Comparative Literature in 2008.

My goal is to create a classroom environment that encourages students to speak Spanish without feeling intimidated. I like to incorporate culture and current events in my teaching and create conversational activities that are interesting and unexpected.