Sean Gullickson earned a BA in Spanish, Psychology and Religion at St. Olaf College before receiving his MA and PhD in Spanish Literature from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His research focuses primarily on two areas: Early Modern Spanish literature and Foreign Language Pedagogy. The former area reflects his wide-ranging, interdisciplinary background, seeking to productively connect literature with history, religious and superstitious beliefs, contemporary psychological frameworks and more. His work on pedagogy includes recent conference presentations and the development of several classes for K-12 instructors of Spanish in the Kansas City Metro Area. Along with a team of GTAs, he has also begun creating an open educational textbook on the cultures of the Spanish-speaking world, funded by a grant from the KU libraries.
As an Assistant Specialist at Kansas, Sean has had the privilege of teaching a wide variety of courses, including an Honors Seminar (HNRS 190) on witchcraft and three graduate courses on the Edwards campus. In addition to his own teaching responsibilities, he also coordinates the team of GTAs and student lecturers teaching bridge courses in the department (SPAN 324, 328, 340, 346, 424 and 428). Within the department, Sean serves as a member of the Undergraduate Studies Committee (UGS) and has taken leadership roles in work with honors and department-level assessment. He is also currently the Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE) Ambassador for both the Department of Spanish and Portuguese and the School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures (SLLC). He has completed Safe Zone training, served as a faculty advisor on a committee to establish interfaith reflection spaces on campus and facilitated a series of conversation exchanges between KU students and visiting students from Mexico. He frequently advises majors and minors in Spanish as well as honors students.