Dr. Michael Fulton
Professor of Spanish
Dr. Michael Fulton joined the English and Modern Languages Department at ORU in the fall of 2013. During his career, he has taught a variety of courses, including basic and intermediate Spanish, and upper-division classes like Spanish for Business, Spanish for Medical Professions, Golden Age drama and Don Quixote. At ORU, he teaches primarily intermediate and advanced courses in Spanish language, culture, and literature.
Though he may have used different terminology, Dr. Fulton aspired to promote a whole person education with his students even before arriving at ORU. His desire has always been to engage in the “big conversations” with his students that would help them grow academically, professionally, and spiritually. He enjoys working with ORU students as they seek His guidance for their lives. His goal is to further the university’s mission of helping students to identify and use their God-given talents for His glory.
Dr. Fulton has published several articles on Renaissance and Baroque Spanish literature. His research focuses primarily on Fray Luis de León (1527-91), one of Spain’s most celebrated poets and theologians. Dr. Fulton’s recent publications use psychological research on loneliness, personality type, and trauma survival to explore how spending five years in an Inquisitorial prison affected León’s subsequent poetry and theological works.
In 2016, Dr. Fulton received a research stipend from the ORU President’s Research Fund. The stipend funded a trip to an international historical conference the following year, hosted by the Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, a cooperative institute supported by Arizona’s three major universities. At the conference, Dr. Fulton discussed how the invention of the printing press created unprecedented dilemmas for Biblical translators and commentators in Spain. Fray Luis’ Inquisitorial trial (1572-76) demonstrates how much misunderstanding and debate often accompany institutional responses to technological innovations. A lengthier version of the conference presentation was accepted for publication in the proceedings of the conference, which is forthcoming from Brepols Publishers (Belgium).
Dr. Fulton earned his B.A. in Spanish from Washington State University. He then earned his M.A. and Ph.D. in Spanish from the University of Arizona. Prior to coming to ORU, he taught at Gustavus Adolphus College, Boise State University, Wake Forest University, and Whitworth University.