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Specialty area(s)

Approaches to the Teaching and Learning Languages, Curriculum Design, French for Specific Purposes (translation, international relations, science and technology, business), Francophone Women Writers, 16th and 17thcentury French literature, History, Culture, and Philosophy 


Current courses at UWL

FRE 102: Introductory French I

FRE 202: Intermediate French II

FRE 300: Visual Encounters

FRE 301: Sound, Speech, and Proficiency

FRE 307: French for Professional Communications

FRE 317: Practice in Translation

FRE 337: French 3.0: Focus on Science and Technology

FRE 320: Perspectives on French Civilization

FRE 430: French Connections (Capstone)



Diplômes d'Études Universitaires Générales (DEUG), English, Lille 3 University, France

B.A. in English and French, Trinity College, Washington D.C.

Master of Arts in French, University of Maryland, College Park

Ph.D. in Modern French Studies, University of Maryland, College Park

Master of Arts in Education and Human Development, Emphasis on Educational Technology Leadership, George Washington University, Washington D.C.

Research and publishing


“Etienne Daho, a Dandy with a French Twist,” An Anthology of French and Francophone Singers from A to Z  “Singin' in French.” Eds. Michael Abecassis and Marcelline Block.Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2018. 180-183.

 “Eddy Mitchell, Between Belleville and Nashville.”An Anthology of French and Francophone Singers from A to Z “Singin' in French.” Eds. Michael Abecassis and Marcelline Block.Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2018. 474-477.

“Florent Pagny, the Unlikely Chameleon.” An Anthology of French and Francophone Singers from A to Z “Singin' in French.” Eds. Michael Abecassis and Marcelline Block.Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2018. 511-514.

“The Evolution of Distance Education in Australia: Past, Present, Future.” Quarterly Review of Distance Education.13 (4): 247-252, December 2012. With Stephen Reiach and Clemens Averbeck.

“La rhétorique du silence de Mademoiselle de Montpensier.” Jeu de masques. Les femmes et le travestissement textuel (1500-1940). Eds. Jean-Philippe Beaulieu et Andrea Oberhuber. Collection “L’École du genre.” Publications de l’Université de Saint-Étienne, May 2011. 88-96.

“Le Wiki: collaboration et simulation pour le cours de français des affaires.”The French Review. 82: 1244-1254, May 2009.

“La théâtralisation de l’espace pastoral dans les Nouvelles Françaisesde Segrais.”Cincinnati Romance Review. Volume 26, 2007. 24-36.

Pedagogical Publications

(Forthcoming) Student Activities Manual to accompany Chez Nous. 5thedition. New Jersey: Prentice-Hall, 2018.   

Student Activities Manual to accompany Point de départ. 2ndedition. New Jersey: Prentice-Hall, 2012.   

Student Activities Manual to accompany Chez nous: Branché sur le monde francophone. 4th edition. New Jersey: Prentice-Hall, 2009. 

Selected Conferences Presentations

"The Development of ICC and Video-based Synchronous CMC among Intermediate L2 French Learners: A Longitudinal Study", with Dr. Hongying Xu, CALICO, Montréal, Canada, 2019.

“Amitiés phagocytantes chez Amélie Nothomb”, Northeast Modern Languages Association (NeMLA), Washington DC, 2019.



Award recipients at 54th International Banquet on April 6, 2019 in La Crosse, WI were:
  • Virginie Cassidy, Global Cultures & Languages — Burt and Norma Altman Award in University Service
  • Scott Cooper, Undergraduate Research & Creativity — W. Carl Wimberly Founders Award for International Partnerships
  • La Crosse Public Library, La Crosse Public Library — Burt and Norma Altman Award in Community Service
  • Hoang Nguyen, Accountancy, and Ningyuan Wang, Statistics, — International Student Academic Excellence/Internationalization Award
  • Alessandro Quartiroli, Psychology — Burt and Norma Altman Award in Leadership
2019 marks the 54th anniversary of the International Banquet. The UW-La Crosse International Engagement & Education (IEE) invited the La Crosse community to attend the 2019 International Banquet! The International Banquet began as a celebration and an opportunity to share the rich diversity and culture the international students & scholars bring to UW-La Crosse and the community and is now a celebration of all our international connections. The Banquet includes entertainment performed by international students/staff/faculty/community members and an internationally themed menu. W. Carl Wimberly Founder's Award for International Partnerships - This award was established to recognize an outstanding person that has contributed to the development of long-term excellence in international programming. Burt and Norma Altman Awards - Burt and Norma Altman are longtime supporters of international education. Over many years that have opened their home and hearts to UWL international students and they continue to support international initiatives for our campus. In their honor, these awards were established in recognition of outstanding contributions to the advancement of international education at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse in the categories of Leadership, University Service and Community Service. The Academic Excellence/Internationalization award recognizes an outstanding international student for academic achievement and contributions to the internationalization of UWL. This award is offered to graduating, undergraduate students who have met all graduation requirements. This year’s award goes to two outstanding students who have been engaged across campus, and in the community, throughout their studies at UWL.

Submitted on: April 8, 2019