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 projects into my teaching, or how my assignments and projects in the classroom have led me to reevaluate or expand my own research agenda. Below are links to these posts — I typically include materiales 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

Teaching experience:

KANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY (2015-present)

STUDY ABROAD: “Spain Today: Madrid, Pamplona, Barcelona
I began creating this program in the summer of 2018, working with the Instituto de Lengua y Cultura Españolas (ILCE) at the Universidad de Navarra, Pamplona. Summer of 2019 was the program’s first year, and it will be an annual faculty-led summer experience for K-State Students. It is unique in that Spanish Majors may take a 700-level course and in Spain they conduct research that aligns with their chosen topic; students then present their findings and project at K-State in the Fall following the program. My students presented in a “gallery” format, which was a really fun event: 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: updated schedule/filsm for hyflex instruction TBA

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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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