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Faculty: Marcie Pyper

Marcie PyperMarcie Pyper, Professor

Department Chair

(616) 526-6356
Office: Hiemenga 405

Educational background

BA Calvin College
MA Michigan State University 1985
PhD Michigan State University 2005

Academic interests

A study of teacher education as it pertains to second language acquisition, methodology of second language teaching, curriculum development, and teacher training; motivation in second language learning; integration of moral and spiritual values in second language learning.

Recent activities

Conference presentations:
  • “Challenges to Spiritual Identity and Expression during Study Abroad Programs” (with C. Slagter) at the 23rd Annual NACFLA Conference, Covenant College, March 23-25, 2013. 
  • “Cultural and Spiritual Engagement during Study Abroad Programs” (with C. Slagter) at the 22nd Annual NACFLA Conference, Westmont College, March 22-24, 2012.


  • Pyper, Marcie J. & Cynthia Slagter. (2013). “Spiritual Engagement and Study Abroad: Student Perspectives.”  In Journal of Christianity and Foreign Languages, 14 (Spring 2013).
  • Pyper, Marcie J. & Cynthia Slagter. (2010). “Study Guide for Learning from the Stranger.”  The Kuyers Institute, Calvin College, Grand Rapids, MI.  Available at
  • Pyper, Marcie J. & Cynthia Slagter. (2010). “Recontextualizing content using autobiographical video.”  In The Language Educator, 5 (February 2010), 58-60.


Photography, knitting.

Spanish-speaking countries visited

Puerto Rico, Spain, Costa Rica, Mexico, Peru, Honduras.

Additional information

Involved at Roosevelt Park CRC in praise teams and Spanish interpretation.