Patricia A. Tinkey

Professor of Spanish
All FacultyModern Languages

Contact Information
Phone: 724-458-3378
Email: patinkey@gcc.edu

Patricia A. Tinkey

Education

  • B.A., Grove City College
  • M.A., Geneva College
  • M.Ed., Gannon University
  • Ed.D., Duquesne University

Certifications

  • French and Spanish K-12 Pennsylvania Teacher Certification
  • ACSI (Association of Christian Schools International) Principal Certification

Affiliations

  • CAWL (Christian Association of World Languages)
  • ICCTE (International Christian Community for Teacher Education)

Areas of Expertise

  • Integration of faith and learning
  • Student foreign-language anxiety
  • Student retention in higher education
  • Foreign language instructional “best practices”
  • Online foreign language learning websites and online tools
  • Foreign language instruction for at-risk language learners

Courses Taught

  • Elementary Spanish
  • Intermediate Spanish
  • Aspects of Language Learning
  • Methods of Modern Languages
  • Supervisor of French and Spanish student teachers
  • Mentoring language education majors to present at national conferences

Independent Studies:

  • Student Research for North American Christian Foreign Language Association Conference
  • Foreign Language Teaching and Curriculum in the Elementary School (FLES)
  • Perspectives on the World Christian Movement (in conjunction with the U.S. Center for World Mission)

Selected Research

  • Tinkey, P.A. (2015, April). A Christian Perspective of Flipped Learning: What, Why, and How. Panel presented at North American Christian Foreign Language Association (NACFLA) Conference at Biola University, La Mirada, CA.
  • Tinkey, P.A. (2014, May). Religion and its Practice in Public School: Perceptions of Pre-service Teacher Education Candidates. Paper presented at International Christian Community for Teacher Education (ICCTE) Conference at Redeemer University College, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.
  • Tinkey, P.A. (2014, April). Listening to and Learning from the Cultural Stranger through Keypal Communication. Paper presented at IUP (Indiana University of PA) Spring Methodology of Foreign Language Teaching Conference in Blairsville, PA.
  • Tinkey, P.A. (2014, April). The “Wall of Separation” in the Public School Classroom: Perception and Practice. Paper presented at Center for Vision and Values Conference at Grove City College, Grove City, PA.
  • Tinkey, P.A. (2014, March). Religion in the Public School Classroom: What Teachers and Students Can and Cannot Do. Paper presented at North American Christian Foreign Language Association (NACFLA) Conference at Wheaton College, Chicago, IL.
  • Tinkey, P.A. (2013, October). A Pedagogical Approach to the Integration of Faith and Learning. Paper presented at North American Professors of Christian Education (NAPCE) Conference in Chicago, IL.
  • Tinkey, P.A. (2013, April). Utilizing Research from Glasser’s Hierarchy of Needs and DISC Personality Profiles to Create a Successful Learning Environment. Paper presented at National Student Teaching and Supervision Conference, Slippery Rock University, PA.
  • Tinkey, P.A. (2013, April). Solutions for Teaching the High School Multi-Level Language Classroom Using Online Resources. Paper presented at IUP (Indiana University of PA) Spring Methodology of Foreign Language Teaching Conference in Blairsville, PA.
  • Tinkey, P.A. (2013, March). Deconstructing Student Ethnocentrism: Keypal Communication with the Cultural Stranger in the Target Culture. Paper presented at North American Christian Foreign Language Association (NACFLA) Conference at Covenant College, Lookout Mountain, GA.
  • Tinkey, P.A. (2010, Dec.). Dissertation: Student Perceptions of the Integration of Faith and Learning in a College Foreign Language Course.
  • Tinkey, P.A. (2009, March). Integration of Faith and Teaching or Integration of Faith and Learning – Ah, There’s the Rub! Paper presented at North American Christian Foreign Language Association (NACFLA) Conference at Point Loma Nazarene University, San Diego, CA.
  • Tinkey, P.A. (2008, March). Practicing Blessing and Biblical Hospitality in the Classroom to Facilitate Integration of Faith and Learning. Paper presented at North American Christian Foreign Language Association (NACFLA) Conference at Calvin College, Grand Rapids, MI.
  • Tinkey, P.A. (2007, March). Analysis of Integration of Faith and Foreign Language Learning Faculty Practices. Paper presented at North American Christian Foreign Language Association (NACFLA) Conference at Asbury University, Lexington, KY.
  • Tinkey, P.A. (2006, April). Examining the Possibility of Reducing Foreign Language Anxiety through the Integration of Faith and Learning. Paper presented at North American Christian Foreign Language Association (NACFLA) Conference at Baylor University, Waco, TX.
  • Tinkey, P.A. (2004, August). Program design proposal for biblical worldview integration in K-12 Christian school education. Poster session presented to the School of Education at Duquesne University: Pittsburgh, PA.

Professional Experience

  • Principal/Chairman of School Board – Warren Christian School
  • High School teacher – New Brighton School District, Karns City School District
  • Geneva College – Graduate teaching assistant in Education Department
  • Junior High/High School Teacher – Grove City Christian Academy, Rhema Christian Academy
  • Pennsylvania Homeschool Educational Consultant and Evaluator

Hobbies/Interests

  • Reading
  • Travel

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