Elizabeth Richardson Viti completed her Ph.D. in French at New York University and joined the Gettysburg Faculty in 1984 after spending a year as a Mellon Fellow at Washington University in St. Louis. As a member of the French Department, she has taught a wide range of courses, from basic language to advanced literature courses as well as French civilization. She also taught in the Colloquy Program and the current First-Year Seminar Program. Professor Richardson Viti’s research interests focus on the contemporary novel, in particular, from a feminist theoretical perspective. This interest has led her to teach a number of classes in what is now the Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program, where she also served as Coordinator from 2005 to 2009 when the program was still Women’s Studies.
In 1999 she was selected to hold the Edwin T. Johnson and Cynthia Shearer Johnson Distinguished Teaching Professor in the Humanities, which she held until 2002. In 2009 she joined the Provost’s Office where she served for three years as the Associate Provost for Faculty Development. It was this role in the Provost’s Office that required her to oversee the Johnson Center for Creative Teaching and Learning, a tasked that she very much enjoyed. Indeed, when Provost Chris Zappe agreed with the Johnson Center Advisory Board that the Center needed a full-time director, Professor Richardson Viti applied for this job and assumed this three-year position on August 1.
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