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College of Arts and Sciences

College of Arts and Sciences

Faculty Profile

 Heinemann, Barbara   Name:  Bárbara Esquival-Heinemann 
Title:  Associate Professor of Spanish; Director, Spanish Graduate Program 
Ph.D., SUNY-Buffalo
M.A., Universidad de Valencia (Spain) and Wilfrid Laurier University (Canada)
B.A., Wilfrid Laurier University
Office:  223 Kinard Hall  
Phone:  803/323-2612 
Spanish Literature, Linguistics and Language, ESL and TESOL

Dr. Esquival-Heinemann was educated in Germany, Spain, Canada, and the U.S. She has worked in higher education and language teaching for more than 30 years. Her first undergraduate degree in medical research was completed in Germany, and after her immigration to Canada she earned her B.A. in French and Spanish from Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario, and her M.A. in Spanish from the Universidad de Valencia, Spain, and Wilfrid Laurier University in Ontario.

She taught for four years at the University of Toronto and, after earning her Ph.D. from SUNY Buffalo, taught three years at St. Lawrence University in Canton, N.Y. She began teaching at Winthrop in 1990.

Esquival-Heinemann has taught many undergraduate as well as graduate courses in Spanish, and on numerous occasions she has been asked also to teach courses in French and German. For more than 12 years she conducted the Study Abroad Program in Salamanca, Spain, and in recent years she has taken graduate students to Spain on literature seminars.

Esquival-Heinemann always has been interested in second language acquisition and obtained her TESOL recertification from South Carolina in 2005. For many years she has been involved in the area’s ESL program.

In 2005, she received an invitation from the government of Spain and the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid to participate in the 400 years celebration of the publication of the first part of Don Quijote de La Mancha. The contribution of her paper was very well received and subsequently published. 

Esquival-Heinemann is an ardent basketball fan and has been to many Eagle games at home and on the road. She is married, has two children and six grandchildren.