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What was your previous position and where?This was my first teaching position out of graduate school. I received a Ph.D. in comparative literature from the University of California, Riverside.
What brought you to LSU?It was a great opportunity for me. Teaching at LSU in the then Department of French and Italian provided me with an opportunity to teach both languages - French and Italian - as well as a broad spectrum of courses including literature, culture and film. The possibility of teaching in interdisciplinary programs like audio visual arts and comparative literature made LSU a very attractive choice.
What is your research interest?My research interests are diverse. I do increasing research on French and Italian cinema and have been collaborating on a project in film, culture and language pedagogy called "The Fellini Project," which we hope to publish. I am also doing research on a French short story by Honoré de Balzac. l also do interdisciplinary research in semiotics.
What do you hope to accomplish at LSU?I hope to be involved in increasing the opportunities for students to integrate study abroad into their course of study at LSU and to develop collaborative projects similar to "The Fellini Project," which is a holistic approach to instruction that includes study, practice and experience abroad as part of linked semester courses.
What do you enjoy most about LSU?Collaborating with other members of the LSU community developing innovative and unique projects, courses and learning communities.
What are your major accomplishments?Developing the LSU in the Ubaye Valley program in collaboration with LSU, the Department of French Studies, Dick and Seola Edwards, and the citizens and public officials of the Ubaye Valley in France; developing "The Fellini Project" with Trish Suchy, the Department of Foreign Languages and Academic Programs Abroad; my family; and making guitars.