Rafael Sánchez

Professor Emeritus of Spanish

Rafael Sánchez-Alonso, a native of Spain, came to USM’s Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures in January 1981, where he taught practically every Spanish course. He chaired the department from 1995 to 2004. In 2007 he retired from teaching but continued working part-time at USM’s Office of International Programs, where he has been heavily involved in creating and running study abroad programs since 1994. For many years he worked with the Mississippi Foreign Language Association in different capacities and served as its president in 1998-2000. He developed CATPRI (Computer Aided Total Physical Response Instruction), an interactive computer program to enhance foreign language learning. He also works as director of Liturgical Ministries and of Hispanic Ministry at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Before coming to the USA, he worked in Uganda as a missionary for twelve years, where he met his wife Patricia. They live in Hattiesburg and have four children.