Title: Teacher, Adjunct Professor of Spanish
Company: Seminole High School, Wayland Baptist University
Location: Lubbock, Texas, United States
Jose F. Olascoaga, Ph.D., Teacher at Seminole High School and Adjunct Professor of Spanish at Wayland Baptist University, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in Spanish language and literature education.
Drawing upon more than 30 years of professional experience, Dr. Olascoaga is a renowned Spanish language and literature educator whose background includes construction and architecture. A native of Peru, he served as an architect for several years until immigrating to the United States, when he discovered that his architect’s license was invalid. Deciding instead to delve into the realm of education, he has been serving the state of Texas as a beloved teacher and professor since the turn of the century.
Dr. Olascoaga commenced his career as an associate professor and lecturer at Universidad Nacional Federico Villarreal in Lima, Peru, between 1986 and 1998. After relocating to the United States, he took on multiple roles at Texas Tech University, including a graduate part-time instructor from 1999 to 2000, a full-time instructor from 2003 to 2004, and a graduate instructor from 2005 to 2009. Now, he utilizes his skills and expertise to teach as an adjunct professor at Wayland Baptist University and a Spanish teacher at Seminole High School.
Holding several designations in the field, Dr. Olascoaga pursued formal education at Universidad Nacional Federico Villarreal, where he earned a Bachelor of Architecture, a Professional Degree in Architecture, and a Specialist Degree in Preservation and Restoration of Monuments between 1986 and 1998. The following year, he attended Texas Tech University, where he has since earned several degrees, including a Master of Architecture, a Doctor of Philosophy in land-use planning, management and design, a Master of Arts in Romance languages, and a Doctor of Philosophy in Spanish between 1999 and 2009. He is a registered architect in Peru and holds certifications in mathematics, English as a second language, Spanish, and languages other than English in the state of Texas.
Dr. Olascoaga has been a frequent guest speaker and researcher in his field, and he has also contributed myriad articles to professional journals in his areas of expertise. In 2003, he published a book on the historic development of the Convent of Santo Domingo in Lima. However, he is most proud of his two dissertations, which each took two years to complete. One was regarding the design of the aesthetic qualities of cities, and the other was in relation to the Andean world in the poetry of César Vallejo, whose poetry displayed nostalgia for the Andes and the people who live there.
As a testament to his professional success, Dr. Olascoaga has accrued numerous accolades over the course of his career. The honoree of the Banner Bearer for Commencement Day Ceremony at Texas Tech University in 2003, he has also received several other awards from the university, including the Elo and Olga Urbanovsky Endowed Fellowship from 2000 to 2003, the Summer Thesis/Dissertation Award in 2002, and the Chancellor’s Endowed Scholarship from 1999 to 2002. Likewise, he received the Architectural Research Center Consortium/King Student Medal for Excellence in Architectural and Environmental Design Research in 2002 and a Scholarship for the Mastery of Studies from the National Council of Science and Technology in 1987.
Married to Pilar Emilia Castro since 1989, Dr. Olascoaga is the proud father of three children and one grandchild. In his spare time, he enjoys exercising and reading, as well as volunteering at his local church as a deacon. Notably, he has also been highlighted in the 65th through 70th editions of Who’s Who in America, published between 2010 and 2016.
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