Todd Hernandez, University Professor Dead Sadly


Dr. Todd Hernandez, a Spanish and applied linguistic Professor at Marquette University Klingler College of Arts and Sciences, passed away on Sunday, April 23rd, 2023.

He was a beloved colleague and teacher who was highly respected by everyone who knew him.

Todd Hernandez Cause Of Death

Marquette University announced his passing on Monday, April 24th, 2023. The cause of death has not been disclosed.


Todd Hernandez was a devoted husband to his wife Paola and a loving father to his daughters, Camila and Sofia. His parents, Ralph Hernandez and Linda Shimoda, cherished him deeply.

Todd began teaching at Marquette University in 2004, and over the years, he was promoted to associate professor in 2011 and full professor in 2019.

From 2018 to 2021, he was involved in running the Spanish MA/ADP Program.

Camila is currently studying at the NYU Grossman School of Medicine, while Sofia is a student at Marquette.

 Todd Hernandez was an expert in language teaching methods and helped shape practice-based and theory-based methods in Wisconsin and beyond.

He served as a member of the Finance Committee of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL), which made him well-known throughout the country.

He also played a vital role in discussions on testing and studying abroad. His work and books on these topics have become standard in linguistics and teacher training classes across the United States.

Todd was also involved in the program at Marquette’s College of Education that trains people to become teachers.

 Todd Hernandez introduced students to research on language learning and usage. He led several important departmental projects, such as promoting study abroad, facilitating collaboration between heritage and non-heritage learners in Spanish classes, and teaching students about the global cultures of soccer.

Todd was responsible for all first- and second-year Spanish classes, a challenging but essential role.

Despite his expertise and professionalism, Todd never lost his humane touch. He was always wise, calm, and helpful, even in complex situations.

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