Teaching

On this page you can read about my teaching experiences at five different colleges and universities. Starting with the 2013-14 academic year, I am including links to PDFs of my course syllabuses (the most recent iteration of the course when I have taught it multiple times).

On the blog:
I occasionally post 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 – at the end of each, I typically include resources (PDFs) that I created for my course (discussion questions, reading guides, essay assignments, etc.). 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

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 program for K-State Students. It’s unique in that Spanish Majors may take a 700-level course (which contains a research component), and in Spain they conduct research that aligns with their chosen topic; they will present their research findings and final project at K-State in the Fall semester following the program.

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 2018, Spring 2018: spn 550_intro to hispanic literature_syllabus

Spanish 565: Civilization and Culture of Spain
Fall 2015: SPN 565_Spanish Civ-Culture_Syllabus_F15
Spring 2017: 1_SPN 565_Span Culture Civ_Sp 2017

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: 0_spn 568_literature of spanish america

Spanish 732: Pop Culture and Cervantes’ Don Quijote de la Mancha
Senior seminar
Spring 2018:  0_SPN 732_Don Quijote_Syllabus
Please visit my students’ final creative, collaborative Snapchat project: www.quijotesnaps.wordpress.com

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Spanish 779: Spanish American AP Literature Readings: Analysis in Context
Graduate seminar

Fall 2016: SPN 779_Spanish American AP Literature
Many thanks to my colleague Dr. Laura Kanost for her guidance and for sharing her syllabus and recommendations for this course.

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)
Syllabus_105-fall2013_Bender

Spanish 106: Introduction to the Spanish Language II (Intensive)
Taught twice in Fall 2014 and Spring 2015 – most recent syllabus: 
Syllabus_106-Sp2015_Bender

Spanish 217: Intermediate Spanish
Taught three times, Fall 2013, Fall 2014, Spring 2015 – most recent syllabus:
217-Sp2015-syllabus_Bender

Spanish 285: Introduction to Textual Analysis
Taught three times, Fall 2013, Spring and Fall 2014 – most recent syllabus:
285_Fall2014_Syllabus_Bender

Spanish 295: Refashioning the Self: Hispanic Women’s Literature in the 20th Century (Transatlantic Seminar, Spring 2014)
SPN 295_Syllabus_SP14_ReFashioning the Self
[This course was cross-listed with Grinnell’s Gender, Women’s, Sexualities Studies Major, as well as the Latin American and European Studies concentrations]2a_guia buena esposa

Description: This interdisciplinary literature course will focus on the ways in which women represented motherhood and marriage within 20th century Hispanic literature. We will analyze women’s literature from Spain and Latin America, identifying elements that perpetuated or challenged traditional paradigms of womanhood in a transatlantic context. We will consider the lasting influence of La perfecta casada, the “Angel of the Home,” and Catholicism, as well as the impact of the modern “maternal dilemma,” identified by historian Ann Taylor Allen in her study on early 20th century feminist movements. By comparing the ways in which women writers began to re-imagine feminine identities in personal, social, and (trans)national contexts, we will then analyze cultural anxieties that resulted from these new conceptions. In order to better understand the complex implications of changing attitudes towards women as individuals and towards marriage and motherhood as institutions, will analyze novels, short stories, poetry, and critical essays in Spanish, together with several secondary texts (historical and critical) written in both English and Spanish.

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THE PENNSYLVANIA STATE UNIVERSITY (2008-2013)

Spanish 1, Spanish 2, Spanish 3 (each as 15-week hybrid online courses and as 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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