Walter Borenstein, Ph.D.

Walter Borenstein

Title: Professor Emeritus of Spanish
Company: State University of New York at New Paltz
Location: Southbury, Connecticut, United States

Walter Borenstein, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of Spanish at the State University of New York at New Paltz, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in Spanish education.

Backed by nearly four decades of professional experience, Dr. Borenstein is an acclaimed educator who has been teaching Spanish language and literature across the nation since the early 1950s. Commencing his career as an instructor, assistant professor and associate professor at Louisiana State University between 1954 and 1964, he subsequently transferred to Cornell College in Mount Vernon, IA, to work as an associate professor from 1964 to 1969. Soon thereafter, he spent the remainder of his career at the State University of New York at New Paltz, acting in such roles as associate professor of Spanish, chairman of the Spanish department, coordinator of Spanish, and full professor between 1971 and 1992, when he ultimately reached emeritus status.

To prepare for his illustrious career, Dr. Borenstein pursued formal education at the City College of New York, where he completed coursework between 1942 and 1945. Thereafter, he transferred to the University of Illinois, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in 1947, a Master of Arts in 1949, and a Doctor of Philosophy in 1954. While pursuing higher education, he served with the United States Navy for one year. Dr. Borenstein was influenced by his Spanish professor, Dr. John Van Horne, who encouraged Dr. Borenstein to become a Spanish professor himself.

Dr. Borenstein has maintained membership with several organizations, including the Modern Language Association, the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese, and the American Association of University Professors. He has contributed myriad articles on 20th century Spanish literature to professional journals, translated short stories and novels, and published short stories in various magazines. In 1967, he was the recipient of a Ford Foundation fellowship and received an honorable mention for one of his short stories. Likewise, he was a book reviewer and editor of the North America Review from 1965 to 1968.

Among the highlights of his career, Dr. Borenstein considers his time spent advising students to be most notable, as he enjoyed spending time with his students. Married with two children, Dr. Borenstein is a native of Brooklyn, NY, and spends his spare time volunteering with the American Legion. He has been highlighted in several editions of Who’s Who in the East and Who’s Who in American Education.

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