Kimberly Adilia Helmer

TitleTeaching Professor (Senate Faculty)
DivisionHumanities Division
DepartmentWriting Program,
Stevenson College
AffiliationsStevenson College,
Oakes College
Phone831-459-4686 (Office),
805-320-0875 (Mobile)
Web Site Heritage Language Journal
OfficeStevenson 270
Office HoursThursday, 10:00-11:30 (Spring); directly after classes & by appointment
Campus Mail StopStevenson College
Mail1156 High Street
Santa Cruz, CA
Kimberly Adilia Helmer

Research Interests

Spanish heritage language acquisition and pedagogy, English for Academic Purposes, Latin@ academic achievement, Culturally Relevant Pedagogy

Biography, Education and Training

Kimberly Adilia Helmer holds an MA TESOL from the Monterey Institute of International Studies and a Ph.D. in Second Language Acquisition and Teaching from the University of Arizona. She is the recipient of two distinguished teaching prizes from the University of Arizona and John Jay College, CUNY.

Honors, Awards and Grants

SCHOLAR-IN-RESIDENCE, Center for the Advancement of Teaching (CAT), John Jay College, The City University of New York, 2013-2014

DISTINGUISHED TEACHING PRIZE, John Jay College, The City University of New York, 2011

University of Arizona, 2006

TILLY WARNOCK FELLOWSHIP, Department of English, University of Arizona, 2006


PSC CUNY GRANT (TRADITIONAL B), The City University of New York, 2014 ($3,990)

PSC CUNY GRANT (TRADITIONAL B), The City University of New York, 2013 ($3,990)

PSC CUNY GRANT (TRADITIONAL B), The City University of New York, 2012 ($3,990)

PSC CUNY GRANT, The City University of New York, 2009 ($4,500)

Selected Publications

  • ‘It’s not real, it’s just Spanish class”: Understanding Spanish heritage language student resistance in a borderlands charter high school. Heritage Language Journal, 11(3), 186-206. (2014)

  • Interdisciplinary connections and academic performance in psychology-English learning communities. Teaching of Psychology, 41(1), 57-62. (2014)

  • A twice-told tale: Identity and resistance in a borderlands Spanish heritage language class. Anthropology & Education Quarterly, 44(3), 270-286. (2013)

  • Critical English for academic purposes: Building on learner, teacher, and program strengths. Journal of English for Academic Purposes, 12 (4), 273-287. (2013)

  • ‘Proper’ Spanish is a waster of time”: Mexican-origin student resistance to learning Spanish as a heritage language. In L. Scherff & K. Spector (Eds.), Culturally relevant pedagogy: Clashes and confrontations (pp. 135-163). New York, NY: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers. (2012)

Courses Taught

Stevenson Core Course
Writing 20, 23
Writing 25, 26