I teach Beginning and Intermediate French, and I love to share my enthusiasm for and knowledge of France and the Francophone world with my students. I earned my Masters degree at the University of Colorado, Boulder, and my Ph.D. in French with a designated emphasis in Critical Theory at the University of California, Davis. My dissertation examined 20th and 21st century Francophone women’s writing and the genre of autobiography. Recently my research is focused on pedagogy and the place of web-based tools like Google Translate in the foreign language classroom.
I love to travel! I did a full year of study abroad in France as an undergraduate at Albright College in Reading, PA., I taught English and conducted my doctoral research in Ivory Coast, West Africa, and I have long served as the chief liaison for a local church mission in Haiti. I was born in Pennsylvania and after being abroad and out West for many years, I am happy to be living in Maryland and near my extended family. After many years of experience teaching at various institutions of higher learning, it is a singular joy and a privilege for me to work with the exceptional students and outstanding colleagues and staff at Gettysburg College.
My hobbies include hiking, backpacking, foraging, birdwatching, and participating in citizen science projects like eBird. I am a certified Master Naturalist volunteer, and during the summers I can be found guiding hikes, leading special programs, and organizing volunteer crews to control invasive plants at nearby Cunningham Falls State Park.