Name: Gabriel Barreneche, Ph.D.
Title: Associate Professor of Spanish
Department: Modern Languages and Literatures
Years at Rollins: 8
Current service to the College:
Director, Living Learning Communities Program
Director, Hispanic Studies Program
Areas of research or scholarship:
Contemporary Latin American literature
Service-learning pedagogy in language instruction
Reflection on teaching at Rollins:
Stepping into the classroom every day is an honor and privilege. I am always inspired and challenged by our bright students, and I never stop searching for new ways to engage our students inside and outside of the classroom. The culture of teaching at Rollins is very strong, and innovative teaching practices and experimentation are encouraged at all levels of the institution.
Favorite spot on campus:
Casa Iberia, of course! The Hispanic Studies Program is fortunate to be housed in a space where Hispanic culture comes alive through the building's architecture. Our patio is a wonderful space for events and gatherings, and students enjoy intimate seminars held in our Murillo conference room.
How is Rollins helping students make greater connections?
Through our internationalization and community engagement initiatives, students experience learning in our local and global communities. For example, I have taken students to present their research at conferences in Portugal, Mexico, and Puerto Rico, where they have met academics from around the world who share their passion for and interest in the literature and cultures of the Spanish-speaking world. Our students have also connected with our local community through internships at the Hispanic Business Initiative Fund (HBIF), the have translated documents into Spanish for non-profit organizations, and have tutored immigrant children and adults to help them master the English language while learning firsthand about the challenges the immigrant community faces daily.