Assistant Professor Comfort Pratt
Department of Classical and Modern Languages and Literatures, College of Arts and Sciences
From playing on the Ghana National team for hockey, tennis and volleyball, working for foreign ambassadors, to professor of Spanish at Texas Tech, Comfort Pratt's vow to be successful in all of her endeavors is evident.
Comfort Pratt, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of Spanish and applied linguistics as well as the coordinator of 1st and 2nd year Spanish at Texas Tech. She was raised in West Africa where she received her undergraduate degree in French, Spanish and linguistics and her passion for Spanish began.
Knowing foreign languages has opened many doors for Pratt, and in return, she tries to reach people and show them the very doors that led to her success. With the ability to speak fluent Spanish, Pratt was able to work as a secretary to the Spanish Ambassador in Ghana and then to the Nigerian Ambassador in Spain. She suggests communicative language teaching and cultural immersion through study abroad programs as the best tools for foreign language education.
Being an assistant professor of Spanish may be a little quieter than her previous positions, but Pratt has other reasons for choosing her current career path.
"I really like Texas Tech," Pratt says. "It has good programs and very hardworking faculty, students and staff. I have had a wonderful experience seeing how effective people are in their positions here. It makes me excited about what I do."
Making a Difference in Her Community
For Pratt, making a difference truly matters. She is the faculty adviser for the Club de Espanol and Sigma Delta Pi, which is the National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society. In Pratt's two years at Texas Tech, Sigma Delta Pi received two top national honors.
"Out of 540 chapters of Sigma Delta Pi, we were selected as the top chapter this year, and last year, I won the Adviser of the Year award," Pratt says.
Awards aside, Pratt believes in making a difference. Her community work includes teaching Spanish to elementary school children on Saturdays and visiting local schools with members of her organizations to encourage children to learn Spanish and go to college.
Pratt is also a trained Court Appointed Special Advocate volunteer. She advocates for the best interest of children from the South Plains who are going through the court system because of family abuse or neglect.
Pratt loves to sing and enjoys playing with her three sons. She has a passion for writing and is currently completing her second book.