Eric Kartchner is an associate professor of Spanish and serves as the chair of the Department of Foreign Languages at Georgia Southern University. He received a bachelor's degree from Weber State University with majors in French and Spanish and a minor in Philosophy. His master's degree comes from the University of Nevada, Reno, where he studied Spanish Literature and Hispanic Linguistics. He obtained his doctorate from Indiana University, Bloomington, in Hispanic Literature with minors in Hispanic Linguistics and Comparative Literature. Dr. Kartchner taught at Brigham Young University, the University of North Texas, Southern Methodist University, and Colorado State University, Pueblo before accepting his current position at Georgia Southern. He enjoys teaching a wide variety of courses in language, literature, and linguistics. His research interests are also diverse but tend to focus primarily on Spanish literature of the Renaissance and Baroque periods. Dr. Kartchner is a certified Oral Proficiency Interview Tester and Tester Trainer for the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages. In this role he provides proficiency training to language instructors in K-12 school districts and in university foreign language departments around the country. Dr. Kartchner, with his wife, also shares his love of foreign language and Hispanic culture in his home with their four children. In addition to cultivating gastronomic, artistic, and linguistic traditions, they enjoy dancing salsa, merengue, and son cubano.