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Department of Spanish and Portuguese

Contact Information

phone: 615-875-9002
fax: 615-343-7260
Furman 320

Office Hours

Monday 2:00-3:30 (Southerland 110) and Wednesday: 10:30-12:00


Ph.D. University of Kentucky

Current Courses

Spanish 4435 Spanish American Literature from 1900 to Present

Spanish 3301W Intermediate Spanish Writing

Ecocritical Perspectives in Latin American Fiction

SPA 1111 First-Year Writing Seminar

Intensive Elementary Spanish

SPA 1103

Curriculum Vitae

Chalene Helmuth

Senior Lecturer, Affiliated Faculty, Center for Latin American Studies and American Studies

Chalene Helmuth teaches courses in Spanish language, Latin American literature, and tourism and sustainability.

 Dr. Helmuth is Director of the VISAGE program in Costa Rica.

 Dr. Helmuth serves as Faculty Head of Sutherland House in the Martha Rivers Ingram Commons, engaging residents in stimulating discussions about identity, culture and language, as they consider how best to navigate the university experience.

 She is the author of two books, The Postmodern Fuentes, on the Mexican writer Carlos Fuentes, and Culture and Customs of Costa Rica. Her teaching and research interests include Latin American narrative and identity, second-language studies, and the development of cultural competencies in study-abroad contexts.


Before joining Vanderbilt, Dr. Helmuth taught at Centre College and Furman University.