HISP’s Faculty Focus for January 2021 is Prof. Betsy Hance
With a B.A. and an M.A. in Spanish—from UNC Charlotte and Chapel Hill, respectively—Prof. Betsy Hance brings considerable experience to her role as an Adjunct Lecturer in the Department of Hispanic Studies.
Following the completion of her Master’s thesis, which dealt with the topic of “Dramatic Interpretations of the Conquest: Rodolfo Usigli’s Corona de fuego and Carlos Fuentes’ Todos los gatos son pardos,” Prof. Hance went on to teach as an instructor at Central Piedmont Community College and at UNC Charlotte, before making her way to Kennesaw State University and finally—thankfully! —to the College of Charleston in 2018.
When not brightening the days and opening the minds of students with her enthusiasm and knowledge of the Spanish language and its cultures, Prof. Hance has–among other things–volunteered her time as a certified medical interpreter in Spanish with the Cross Cultural Healthcare Program, as well as in the pediatric emergency room at Wellstar Kennestone Hospital, both in Marietta, Georgia.
In her own words…
By far, the most rewarding aspect of teaching at the College of Charleston is my students. I have always taught with a global perspective in mind, and the students here are so willing and ready to embrace new concepts. I have been able to mentor and influence my students to pursue some of the many language-related opportunities that the Department offers. In addition to working with such terrific students, I have been most fortunate in my time here to have open, collaborative and inspirational colleagues. Best job ever.