Dr. D

Dr. Mark P. Del Mastro: Professor of Hispanic Studies, Associate Provost of Curriculum and Academic Administration, Executive Committee Member of the National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society, fitness enthusiast.


Grit: The power of passion and perseverance


ted.com Leaving a high-flying job in consulting, Angela Lee Duckworth took a job teaching math to seventh graders in a New York public school. She quickly realized that IQ wasn't the only thing separating the successful students from those who struggled. Here, she explains her theory of "grit" as a predicto...

[11/19/19]   Anything easy is rarely worthwhile.

Sigma Delta Pi's S.C. Spanish Teacher of the Year

As Founding Director of Sigma Delta Pi's S.C. Spanish Teacher of the Year, with mixed emotions I announce that the program I started in 2005 will no longer continue. Numerous circumstances have dictated the program's conclusion, but this development was not because of a lack of support from our Board Members or our many outstanding teachers of Spanish across the Palmetto State. Times change, and sometimes an enterprise runs its course, which is the case with Sigma Delta Pi's S.C. Spanish Teacher of the Year. My congratulations to all our past honorees as we all continue to work collectively in support of our amazing teachers of Spanish across South Carolina.

Kind regards,

Mark P. Del Mastro
Founding Director, Sigma Delta Pi's S.C. Spanish Teacher of the Year Program


My latest note on the historical connections between the National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society and the North American Academy of the Spanish Language:


[09/26/19]   Another day to serve others.

[06/24/19]   Don't. Ever. Quit.

[05/10/19]   Rough road bumps build character. Buckle up and keep driving.

[04/24/19]   Be kind.

[02/24/19]   Beware of the ever-present short and convenient memory.

[02/22/19]   Don't let changing circumstances alter your moral compass.

[02/17/19]   Try to suppress that beast of your ego to acknowledge that it's really not about you, but rather the privilege you have as made possible by the contributions of many before you. Don't forget them.

[02/17/19]   When paying tribute to a veteran in the field, allow them to enjoy the spotlight.


Cultural Ambassadors: North American Language and Culture Assistants in Spain


educacionyfp.gob.es Información sobre el programa de Auxiliares de Conversación norteamericanos en España.

[02/02/19]   Protect your time.

[12/21/18]   Be prepared for detour, and always have a plan B, C & D.


Dr. D’s Tips for Success | Dr. Mark P. Del Mastro

Time for a refresher:

blogs.cofc.edu Commonsensical for many, yet for others–even seasoned professionals–these important guidelines are often neglected. Suggested additions welcome!: send to Dr. D at [email protected].

[11/30/18]   Worry about what you need to fix in you instead of fixating on the flaws of others.


Lifting Weights As You Age Cuts Your Risk Of Early Death By 46%

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[11/05/18]   Failure to listen is a failure to grow.

[10/25/18]   Purge the "tasks" that don't carry you forward.

[10/23/18]   Don't let your overwhelming love for self blind you from the talent sitting right next to you.

[08/24/18]   Another day, another opportunity to minimize time lost on unproductive activities.


How Minimalism Can Make You Wealthier

Simplify your life, augment your wealth:

forbes.com How living a minimalist-inspired lifestyle can help us generate the wealth and mind-space to pursue our passions.

Sigma Delta Pi (national)

Will you be joining Sigma Delta Pi in Salamanca to celebrate and participate in the AATSP's 100th Annual Conference? All Sigma Delta Pi members are invited to our "Best Practices" session and reception to follow on Monday, June 25 in the Palacio de Congresos, Sala Mayor. AATSP American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese

[06/05/18]   Embrace change and make the most of it.


Proud to be leading this exceptional department:


[05/08/18]   A pinch of nice always goes a long way, and despite the bad recipe...


9 Things That Make You Unlikable

www3.forbes.com Too many people succumb to the mistaken belief that being likable comes from natural, unteachable traits that belong only to a lucky few—the good looking, the fiercely social, and the incredibly talented. It’s easy to fall prey to this misconception. In reality, being likable is under your contr...


13 Things You Should Give Up If You Want To Be Successful

An excellent list to follow:

medium.com ”Somebody once told me the definition of hell:


Instructor of Spanish

Teaching opportunity:

uscjobs.sc.edu The University of South Carolina System is comprised of the state's flagship university in Columbia (founded in 1801 and currently one of the top 50 "Best Colleges" according to U.S. News and World Report), three regional comprehensive universities (USC Aiken, USC Beaufort and USC Upstate), and Palm...

[04/13/18]   Another day to control what you can control. Control your realm!

[04/12/18]   Pay attention to the expertise of those who surround you; their knowledge might help you immensely.

[02/14/18]   No one should refuse a task that is rightfully part of their job. Support the enterprise.


» Inaugural Hispanic Studies Career Seminar Series, Spring 2018 Hispanic Studies

blogs.cofc.edu A 2009 graduate of The Citadel where he earned his B.A. in Spanish, as an undergraduate Mr. Doelling studied abroad in Sucre, Bolivia and Valencia, Spain. In 2008 he received The Citadel’s prestigious Star of the West Scholarship, which afforded him yet another study-abroad opportunity in Mérida,...


» Inaugural Hispanic Studies Career Seminar Series, Spring 2018 Hispanic Studies

blogs.cofc.edu A 2009 graduate of The Citadel where he earned his B.A. in Spanish, as an undergraduate Mr. Doelling studied abroad in Sucre, Bolivia and Valencia, Spain. In 2008 he received The Citadel’s prestigious Star of the West Scholarship, which afforded him yet another study-abroad opportunity in Mérida,...


Most Americans can't cover a $1,000 emergency

Distinguish between "needs" and "wants," and always exercise consistent fiscal discipline.

money.cnn.com Only 39% of Americans say they would be able to cover an $1,000 unplanned expense.


The compelling case for working a lot less

bbc.com Mastering 'active rest' is far harder than it looks, but there are good reasons why we should keep working at it

[11/24/17]   When you always believe you’re the smartest in the room, you’re actually the dumbest. There’s always someone smarter and with more experience, so listen!

[11/24/17]   Always extend the courtesy of a reply.

Daniel Delgado Photography

The College of Charleston’s and The Citadel’s chapters of Sigma Delta Pi, the National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society, celebrated yesterday the 13th annual South Carolina Spanish Teacher of the Year Award.

The winner was Bethany Battig-Ramseur of Hilton Head Preparatory School. Congratulations also to the other two finalists: Julia Rowsam of Northwestern High School, and Tracy Stroud of Carolina Forest High School.

All three finalists were recognized and the awardee announced during a ceremony on Thursday, November 16, 2017 in Alumni Memorial Hall at the College of Charleston in Charleston, S.C.

[11/15/17]   Be kind today and every day, but don't allow yourself to be pushed over.


How we can face the future without fear, together

ted.com It's a fateful moment in history. We've seen divisive elections, divided societies and the growth of extremism -- all fueled by anxiety and uncertainty. "Is there something we can do, each of us, to be able to face the future without fear?" asks Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks. In this electrifying talk,…

[10/28/17]   You earn respect by doing your work well, conscientiously and with care. Cutting corners, laziness and deceit are always exposed and damage your reputation, sometimes permanently. Take pride in all you do!

[10/27/17]   Never enable the incompetent.

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