Hola Students and Friends,
Greetings from Tampa! I am Dr. Richard F. Gaspar, and I am a full Professor at Hillsborough Community College in Ybor City, Florida. I received my Associate of Arts Degree from Hillsborough Community College in 1990. I was selected as the student commencement speaker, and I promised to come back and haunt my professors as their peer in my speech! I earned my Bachelor’s Degree in English in 1992 from the University of Tampa. In 1993, I completed my Master’s Degree in English Education at the University of South Florida and began the doctoral program the following semester. I received my Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction in 1997, with an emphasis in reading. After completing my Ph.D., I completed two-post doctorate certificates; one in Developmental Education from Appalachian State University in 2002, and a second in English Composition from University of South Florida in 2005. I have also completed graduate coursework in Journalism from the University of Memphis. I am currently working on a third graduate certificate focusing on Online Course Design from the University of Florida.
I have served as a newspaper, literary magazine and publications adviser for Hillsborough Community College for the past 11 years. I have also worked on numerous publications as a contributing writer during my college years as both a student and professor. I still continue to serve as a publication judge for the National Council of Teachers of English, as I love to see what trends and work the high school students submit and display. I still write weekly. I also try to publish a few chapters, monographs, and pieces of fiction and non-fiction each year, but with four children (ranging from kindergarten to college); it is becoming more and more of a challenge. I also worked very briefly as a commercial and educational television personality when I was a county and state teacher of the year in the 90s. The pieces keep my family and friends laughing and rolling on the ground when anyone gets a hold of the videos!
Dr. Richard F. Gaspar