Maria Rippon was a double major in Spanish and English as an undergraduate and participated in a summer study program in Valencia, Spain. As a graduate student in Comparative Literature at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, she began to teach Spanish language and literature courses, as well as great books courses in English, and spent a summer traveling around the Iberian Peninsula. In her first post at Gannon University, she led a study away program to Granada, Spain with excursions to las Alpujarras and Salobreña. While at The Citadel, she co-directed the summer program to Madrid and Alicante with excursions to Segovia, El Escorial, el Valle de los Caídos, Salamanca, Toledo, Barcelona, Valencia, Córdoba and Granada. While teaching at Cabrini College in Radnor, PA, she began to incorporate service learning into her classes. At Furman she has taught a May Experience course entitled "Social Justice and Immigration" that has included tutoring immigrants preparing to take the civics test for naturalization. During the traditional academic year, she teaches courses on the literature and civilization of Spain and elementary and intermediate language courses, as well as the Introduction to Readings in Spanish. Her current research is on the narration of history in the novels of Mercedes Salisachs, a contemporary author from Barcelona, Spain.