Dr. Michael Joy, Associate Professor of Spanish, will serve as interim director of the NMU Honors Program during the 2013-2014 academic year.
Joy taught for four years at Carleton College and three years at Presbyterian College before his arrival at NMU in 2006. He holds a BA in Spanish from Carleton as well as an MA and PhD in Hispanic Literatures and Linguistics from the University of Minnesota. His area of research is the literature of the Spanish Golden Age (the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries). His most recent journal publication is entitled "Wrestling Miguel de Cervantes: (Golden-)Aged Heroes in Don Quijote and The Wrestler." Current projects include an essay about the role of the arts in the work of the 17th-century Spanish playwright Andrés de Claramonte.
Joy teaches all levels of Spanish language, literature, and culture, as well as courses in the Honors Program and in NMU's First Year Experience program. In the fall of 2012 he was recognized with NMU's Excellence in Teaching award. He has also organized faculty-led study abroad programs in Guatemala and Mexico.
Read about David Wood, the NMU Honors program director, who will be on sabbatical during the 2013-2014 academic year.