bgimeno01@hamline.edu

Contact Info

Blanca Gimeno
bgimeno01@hamline.edu

Blanca Gimeno

Undergraduate Adjunct

Contact Info

Blanca Gimeno
bgimeno01@hamline.edu

Biography

Dr. Gimeno acquired her two Bachelor Degrees in English, and Business and Tourism at University of Valladolid in Spain. She later attended West Virginia University, where she earned a MA in T.E.S.O.L. and Spanish. When Professor Gimeno returned to the University of Valladolid in Spain, she achieved a PhD in Hispanic Language and Literatures, where her PhD thesis was awarded Summa Cum Laude.

Dr. Gimeno regularly attends annual conferences and professional development workshops. She has presented and published papers at different congresses in Spain, the United States, Mexico, Peru, Dominican Republic, and Colombia. She personally believes that attending these meetings is crucial not only for my professional growth, but also to stay up-to-date on new research related to curriculum resources for language instruction, as well as in her area of expertise, as ultimately this will improve her effectiveness as an instructor.

She is currently working on a book which has recently been accepted for publication that will be an important contribution to the recovery of historic memory in Spain. The book, Feminine Discourse in the Literary Works of Cecilia G. de Guilarte, is based on her dissertation. In it she analyzes the crucial role of women and the construction of their identity in exile, as reflected in Guilarte's writings. It will be the first to analyze Cecilia G. de Guilarte’s works and will explore in detail the figure of this Spanish writer.

One of Dr. Gimeno's biggest projects with one of her advanced classes was the direction of the Spanish play, Nosotros somos Dios, by Wilberto Cantón, at Hamline University's Simley Theatre. Dr. Gimeno found it amazing to see the entire class involved in the play working extra hours on rehearsals, flyers, music, and costumes. It was a wonderful example of team work and it resulted in an excellent performance, all done in Spanish.

Teaching Style

Dr. Gimeno's teaching philosophy has always been based upon a commitment to student-centered learning.

In her language classes students are exposed to activities that develop listening, reading, speaking and writing skills exclusively in the target language, emphasizing student interaction as much as possible. In her Literature classes the ultimate goal is that students can reflect through their essays their critical thinking skills, as well as their understanding of selected works in their cultural and intellectual context. Students do also interact within the community, which gives them the confidence needed to develop their speaking skills, as well as their cultural awareness.

“My goal is to engage students in the learning process and always promote lively student participation by activating in every class the students' intellectual potential and encouraging critical thinking.”
- Blanca Gimeno