Charles (Chuck) A. Thorpe
Title: High School Spanish Program Consultant
Section: Academic Incubation and Innovation
Address: 1615 Anderson Ave., Manhattan, KS 66502
Office: 116 Global Campus Building
- Video instructor for high school Spanish I and II courses
- Instructor, e-SVS (online Spanish II course)
- Curriculum development
Chuck Thorpe is the Program Manager of SVS Spanish, and has served as the sole Course Instructor since April of 1989. His responsibilities include all instructional components (video, print, phone tutoring, and web) of the program, supervision of support staff, and coordination with Global Campus Marketing and Communications. The SVS program began as part of a federal Star Schools grant, serving small and rural high schools that would otherwise be unable to offer foreign language. SVS has served over 20,000 students since its inception.
Chuck Thorpe maintains a Kansas Teaching License for both German and Spanish for grades 7-12. Before coming to K-State, Chuck taught ESL, German, and Spanish in both public and private high schools, and Conversational German for Wichita State University. Chuck received a Bachelor of Arts degree in German from Wichita State University in 1982 and a Master of Arts degree in World Languages (Spanish and German) from Kansas State University in 2000. As an undergraduate, Chuck completed coursework abroad in Mexico, the German Democratic Republic, and Spain.
The Kansas World Language Association (KSWLA) named Chuck Thorpe the 2014 Kansas World Language Teacher of the Year, an award designed to recognize a teachers who have made major contributions to foreign language education. Chuck and the SVS Spanish program have been the recipient of several awards over the years, the first being the National Rural Education Association (NREA) 'Exemplary Program' Award in 1995. In 2004 Chuck received the United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) Excellence in Distance Teaching Award. In 2014 he Twice, in 2001 and 2012, Chuck was designated "Best of Kansas" for his KSWLA conference presentations, and subsequently represented KSWLA with the same presentation at the regional conference of the Central States Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (CSC).
Chuck Thorpe believes professional service provides opportunity for personal growth, invaluable professional development, and social networking. He served in the three-year officer position for the Kansas World Language Association from 2007-2009, first as Vice President (in charge of all conference breakout sessions), then as President (representing KSWLA in regional and national organizations, overseeing conference activities, contracting with keynote speakers, hiring paid support staff, and conducting monthly business meetings), and finally as Past President (chairperson of awards and scholarship committees). Chuck continues his service to KSWLA as webmaster and publications editor, and has served on the award selection committee of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Language (ACTFL) Florence Steiner Award for Leadership in Foreign Language Education (K-12), and as article reviewer for the CSC Conference Bulletin.
Away from work, Chuck's interests include marine aquaria, lap swimming, and Tai Chi.