Chin-Sook Pak
Chin-Sook Pak
Associate Professor of Spanish


Room:NQ 180

Department: Modern Languages and Classics

Chin-Sook Pak received her Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in Romance Linguistics (Spanish). She also holds a MA in Romance Linguistics and a MA in Spanish Literature from the University of Michigan and a BBA in Business/Finance from the College of William and Mary. Her current research and teaching interests are in community engagement for second language and heritage language students of Spanish, as well, for bilingual education. For over 20 years, she has incorporated service-learning/community-based learning components into all levels of Spanish language, content, and interdisciplinary honors colloquium courses, resulting in numerous publications, workshops, and collaborations that promote relationship building and language learning for community engagement. She is the recipient of the Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Award (University of Michigan), the Outstanding Teaching Award and Excellence in Teaching Award (Ball State University), the Brian Douglas Hiltunen Faculty Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Scholarship of Engagement (Indiana Campus Compact), and Teacher of the Year 2020 (Indiana Foreign Language Teachers Association) / AATSP-IN Collegiate Teacher of the Year 2020. In addition, she is the recipient of the 2022 AATSP (American Association for Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese) Outstanding Scholarship Publication Award for the article in the Hispania Journal. In 2023, she received the Outstanding Diversity Advocate Award (Ball State University) for promoting inclusive excellence.



Pak, C. & Stallings, L. (2023). Culturally relevant community-based learning for heritage students of Spanish: A virtual collaboration with dual language immersion schools. Connections: A Journal for Foreign Language Educators, 11, 151-172.

Pak, C. (2020). Exploring the long-term impact of service-learning: Former students of Spanish revisit their community engagement experiences. Hispania, 103(1), 67–85.

Pak, C. (2018). Linking service-learning with sense of belonging: A culturally relevant pedagogy for heritage students of Spanish. Journal of Hispanic Higher Education, 17(1), 76–95.

Pak, C. (2015). Education for everyone: Reciprocal campus-community partnership with educational support for Hispanic families, including Head Start and college students. In P. L. Lin and M. R. Wiegand, and A. R. Smith-Tolken (Eds.), Service-learning across the globe (pp. 25-34). University of Indianapolis Press.

Pak, C. (2013). Service-learning for students of intermediate Spanish: Examining multiple roles of language study. In S. Dhonau (Ed.), MultiTasks, MultiSkills, MultiConnections: 2013 Report of the Central States Conference on the teaching of foreign languages (pp. 103-126). Eau Claire: RMT.

Pak, C. (2011). When campus becomes service recipient: A service-learning project meeting the needs of campus and Latino community. In P. L. Lin (Ed.), Service-learning in higher education: National and international connections (pp. 101-110). University of Indianapolis Press.