Assistant Professor of Spanish
Email Professor Old
BA in Spanish literature, North Carolina State University
MA in Latin American, Caribbean, and Latino studies, University of South Florida
Jason Old brings to his Spanish classes a wealth of experience in and passion for Latin America, in all of its facets. Old has done extensive fieldwork throughout Latin America, his studies ranging from indigenous cultures and the concept of identity to the socioeconomic impacts of foreign investment in rural areas of Latin America. He has also lived in El Salvador, Nicaragua, Peru, Honduras, Guatemala, and Argentina and has played semi-professionally and professionally in Roatan, Honduras, with clubs such as Oakridge Futbol Club Homeboyies as well as Club Atletico Arsenal de Roatan. After coming back to the U.S., Old continued his education, building his MA with a double major in Spanish literature and anthropology.
Before coming to Southeastern, Old taught Spanish at the University of South Florida, and he plans to strengthen the Spanish program at Southeastern. He is excited to be teaching at Southeastern because he has wanted to be a part of a Christian university and, what's more, he gets to help expand and grow a foreign language department that is now coming into bloom.
Old is one of the founders of CAN Futbol Foundation in Honduras, and its executive director. His foundation administrates programs using futbol (soccer) to encourage Honduran youth to make positive choices about schoold and life. He says that CANFF is built on the "belief that all youth deserve the opportunity to grow and develop in every facet of their lives and should not be hindered by their economic statuses."
Old teaches the following courses: Spanish I A & B, Spanish II A & B, Advanced Spanish Conversation & Composition, Spanish-American Culture and Civilization, and Survey of Spanish-American Literature. Old has research interests in the following areas: soccer and identity in Latin America, minority cultures of Central America (the Maya and the Garifuna), and the impact of HIV/AIDS and other diseases in Latin America.