Teaching is the most challenging and most rewarding part of my career. My teaching philosophy is simple: I want to help students learn. I believe this is best done when students practice and receive feedback. This practice takes the form of small group discussion or exercises in class, assignments, drafts of papers, practice exams, etc. And the feedback I provide is sometimes in class, sometimes in writing, or sometimes in person.

Recently taught courses

Business French

Introduction to Literary Analysis (French 340)

Contemporary France (French 363)

Senior Seminar in French Theory (Foucault)

Book of Mormon (Religion 121)


French and Italian Department Writing Guide (for 202 to 600 level courses), this guide outlines how to select a topic, to conduct research, to craft a thesis, to build an argument, etc. It includes a number of examples in French and English and French expressions to help put an essay together.

My Rate My Professor page has so many satirical ratings from colleagues, neighbors, and even from my children that it probably won’t tell you much about my classes, but it’s good for a laugh.

Here is my attempt at an innovative teaching strategy that went awry.

Here is the syllabus for a course on sports and literature I taught back in 2009: Syll452RSportsSP09. It was a one-time class that grew out of research I did for my book on sports in nineteenth-century France.