Teaching

On this page you can read about my teaching experiences at five different colleges and universities. I have included links to PDFs of all my syllabuses from Kansas State (only the most recent iteration), and of my mid-level seminar at Grinnell College (2014).

On the blog:

I occasionally I write about how I integrate my research into my teaching, or how my assignments in the classroom have led me to reevaluate or expand my own research agenda. These posts appear below — I typically include links to free materials that I created for these topics (PDFs of discussion questions, reading guides, assignments). Comments, suggestions, tips, and feedback welcome!

(Jan 2014) The Perfect Wife in the 21st Century: La perfecta casada en el siglo XX
(Feb 2014) Exploring Female Identities in Carmen de Burgos’ “La rampa”
(Apr 2014) The Red Virgin: Motherhood and Power Dynamics
(May 2014) La Llorona: Incorporating Latino Studies into Hispanic Literature
(Nov 2015) Francisco de Goya: The Enigma of the Black Paintings
(Dec 2015) Picasso’s Guernica and Aleixandre’s “Oda”: The Spanish Civil War in Art and Poetry
(Feb 2016) Teaching Spanish America: From the Conquest to Contemporary Film
(Sept 2020) Mapping Madrid through Art, Literature, and Creative Cartography
(Oct 2020) Don Quijote, the Graphic Novel, and Snapchat: Alternative Assessments in the L2 Literature Classroom

Teaching experience:

KANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY (2015-present)

STUDY ABROAD: “Spain Today: Madrid, Pamplona, Barcelona
I created this annual program by working with the Instituto de Lengua y Cultura Españolas (ILCE) at the Universidad de Navarra, Pamplona, starting in 2018. Summer of 2019 was its first (very!) successful year. It is unique in offering our Spanish Majors a 700-level course in which they conduct research in Spain on a topic related to their professional goals; they present at K-State the following Fall semester. In 2019 we held “photo gallery” event, which was a really fun format: Spanish Majors and Minors Present Research from the Summer in Spain Program.

madrid_palacio real_group

In Madrid for the first year of the “Spain Today: Madrid-Pamplona-Barcelona” program. See #KSUSummerSpain2019 on Instagram and Twitter for a daily re-cap.

SPANISH LANGUAGE:

Spanish 301: Spanish IV
Spanish 408: Intermediate Spanish Grammar
Spanish 410: Intermediate Grammar  & Composition
Spanish 420: Intermediate Spanish Conversation
Fall 2015; Fall 2018: spn 420_syllabus_f18_conversation_3rd edition

SPANISH AND SPANISH AMERICAN LITERATURE AND CULTURE:

Spanish 550: Introduction to Literature in Spanish
Summer 2016 – 4-week intensive: SPN 550 syllabus and SPAN 550_Calendar
Fall 2016, Spring 2018, Fall-Spring 2018-19

Spanish 550: Hispanic Readings & Media
Fall-Spring 2019-20: spn 550_intro to hispanic literature_syllabus

Spanish 565: Civilization and Culture of Spain (#Span565KSU)
Fall 2015; Spring 2017: 1_SPN 565_Span Culture Civ_Sp 2017
Spring 2020: **Syllabus changed due to Covid-19**

Spanish 567: Introduction to the Literature of Spain (survey)
Fall 2015: SPN 567_Literature of Spain_Syllabus_F15_update

Spanish 567: Heroes and Housewives: Introduction to the Literature of Spain (themed survey)
Fall 2017: 1_SPN 567_Heroes and Housewives_Syllabus_Fall 2017

Spanish 568: Literature of Spanish America (survey)
Spring 2016, Spring 2018: spn 568_literature of spanish america

GRADUATE-UNDERGRADUATE SEMINARS

Spanish 735: Mapping Madrid in the Edad de Plata (#MappingMadridKSU)
Senior seminar: Fall 2020: Syllabus_Mapping Madrid blog

Madrid_1920s

Spanish 735: Gender & the City in 20th Century Spain (#GeneroCiudadKSU)
Senior and Graduate seminar: Fall 2019: Syllabus_Gender-City_20thC

Verbena-1927_Reina sofia

Spanish 732: Pop Culture and Cervantes’ Don Quijote de la Mancha
Senior seminar: Spring 2018:  0_SPN 732_Don Quijote_Syllabus
Senior seminar: Spring 2021: TBA, updated schedule/films for hyflex instruction

syllabus picture

Spanish 779: Spanish American AP Literature Readings: Analysis in Context
Graduate & Undergraduate seminar
Fall 2016, Fall 2019: 0_SPN 779_AP Latin America_Fa19

mural de independencia

Spanish 779: AP Spanish Literature: Transatlantic Perspectives
Graduate seminar
Fall 2017: 1-spn 779_ap spanish lit-transatlantic

Spanish 779: AP Spanish Peninsular Literature: Analysis in Context
Graduate seminar
Fall 2018: 1-spn 779_ap spanish lit_syllabus

779_ap spanish lit_syllabus pictures

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GRINNELL COLLEGE (2013-2015)

  • Spanish 105: Introduction to the Spanish Language I (Intensive)
  • Spanish 106: Introduction to the Spanish Language II (Intensive)
  • Spanish 217: Intermediate Spanish
  • Spanish 285: Introduction to Textual Analysis
  • Spanish 295: Refashioning the Self: Hispanic Women’s Literature in the 20th Century (Transatlantic Seminar): SPN 295_Syllabus_SP14_ReFashioning the Self
    2a_guia buena esposa

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THE PENNSYLVANIA STATE UNIVERSITY (2008-2013)

  • Spanish 1, Spanish 2, Spanish 3 (as 15-week hybrid-online & 3-week summer intensives)
  • Intermediate Spanish Conversation
  • Intermediate Spanish Grammar and Conversation
  • Introduction to Hispanic Literature
  • Mexican Culture and Civilization: Abroad – Puebla, Mexico (Graduate Assistant)

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BLOOMSBURG UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA (2007-2008)

  • Spanish 1
  • Spanish 3
  • Introduction to Spanish (on and off-campus)

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THE UNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICO (2005-2007)

  • Spanish 1 (Supervisor: Spring 2007)
  • Spanish 2

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