Tracy Dinesen

Associate Professor of Spanish, Associate Dean for Assessment & General Education

Phone Number:
Office Location:
Mary Berry Hall 210
Office Hours:
Tuesday 9-11
Wednesday 2-3
and by appointment
B.A., Spanish, University of Colorado at Boulder, 1998
M.A., Spanish, Univeristy of North Texas, 2000
Ph.D., Spanish, Texas Tech University, 2006

I had no idea when I graduated college that I would become a Spanish professor. What I knew was that I loved Spanish but I had no idea how to translate that passion into a career. After graduation I taught classes at a high school in the Denver area. What I learned was that I loved teaching language but I also knew that in order to be the kind of teacher I wanted to be, I needed to live in the culture and I needed to continue my studies. Literally two weeks later I packed my belongings into my car and moved to Texas in order to pursue my masters degree. It was the best spontaneous decision that I have made and it set me on the path full of adventures.

My time in Texas for graduate school was busy but rewarding. I worked with some amazing professors and professionals in the field; I traveled the world and lived in Spain; I interviewed authors and studied women’s fiction which became a passion. During my doctoral program I specialized in Spanish female detective fiction which has also opened many doors and given me an opportunity to invite contemporary authors to Skype with my students who are reading their works.

When it came time to look for work, I knew that I wanted to be at a institution who valued my teaching, encouraged creativity and gave me opportunities for professional development and to do research with students. I chose Simpson because it is a welcoming communityof passionate, knowledgable and skilled educators. It is the kind of place where people stay for their entire career because they believe in the mission of the college and the shared vision of undergraduate education. Teaching at Simpson is a wonderful experience.

I live in Indianola with my husband, Jason and my two sons, Jack and Tyler. We love being close to campus and we are involved in the Simpson and Indianola communities. It is a wonderful place to work and live.

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