Professor of French
Director of International Studies
B.A., Marian College
M.A., Ph.D., Purdue University
Having joined the Department of Modern Foreign Languages at PC in the fall of 2008, I’m thrilled to be part of a faculty where student-centred teaching is the primary focus of the college. As both a faculty member in the French program and director of the International Studies major, I’m deeply committed to helping students explore the rich and complex dimensions of other world languages, cultures, and civilizations. As a strong advocate of study abroad, I have led many short-term programs abroad over the past several years in France as part of our Spring Break, Maymester and Summer Program offerings at PC (“Paris Modern: The City as Spectacle,” and “Intercultural Business Communication: France and the US”). My summers are spent teaching and directing the 4-week program we offer in Lyon, France at I-DRAC, International School of Business. In collaboration with my colleagues in the Office of International Programs, I have helped develop numerous exchange partnerships in France, most recently with schools in Paris (ESG), Lyon (I-DRAC), Grenoble (Pierre Mendès) and St. Etienne (HECI).
While I am passionate and enthusiastic about the courses I teach, I do believe that good teaching is also informed by good scholarship. As such, I remain professionally active in my scholarship, attending and presenting at national and international conferences and workshops in the field of languages and literatures, translation studies and applied business. My past research has focused on historical understandings of pain in post-revolutionary France and the art and science of gastronomy in 18th and 19th Century France. In recent years, my scholarly focus has shifted more towards the professional field of applied business. In the fall of 2014 I will be co-presenting forthcoming papers with business colleagues in France and the UK at conferences in London and Paris. When I am not busy in the classroom or researching in libraries, I enjoy a match of ‘le foot’ with my children, re-mastering the cello, and strolling the banks of the Saône river in Lyon.