Mark Pleiss
Arts & Humanities/Languages & Literature
Graduate Teacher Program

Mark Pleiss

Lead Coordinator

Graduate Teacher Program



B.A. Simpson College
M.A., Spanish, University of Colorado Boulder
Ph.D., Spanish, University of Colorado Boulder


Mark Pleiss is the Lead Coordinator of the Graduate Teacher Program. He completed his Ph.D. in Contemporary Peninsular Spanish Literature and Culture and has taught at CU Boulder, St. Olaf College, and Metro-State University of Denver. He has extensive experience with graduate instructor professional development, designing videotape consultation protocols, and teaching Spanish language and culture at the university level. He has taught with content-based language methodologies and communicative-based approaches. He has also served as Coordinator for the Culture and Languages Across the Curriculum (CLAC) program at the Center for Asian Studies.

Peer-reviewed publications in academic journals

2018. "Discerning the Impossible: Metaphysical Detection, Parody, and Other Mysteries of Javier Tomeo's Crime Fiction." Bulletin of Hispanic Studies. 95.8.

2017. "Of Heroes, Gods, and Monsters: Parody and Popular Culture in the Final Novels of Javier Tomeo." Anales de la literatura española contemporánea. 42.1.

2017. "Los géneros de un monstruo: Una última conversación con Javier Tomeo." Anales de la literatura española contemporánea. 41.1. 

Publications for GTP and educational development

2017. ​"Defending the Unfashionable: How and Why We Use Learning Styles for Graduate Teacher Education." Professional and Organizational Development News

2017. "The Art of the Campus Interview." The Chronicle of Higher Education. 2 February 2017.

2017. "The Backbreaking Price of Tax Reform for Graduate Students in Colorado." The Denver Post. 24 November 2017.

Recent Fiction

2019. April Warnings. Veliz Books (Forthcoming in May)