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Upcoming Awards Reception

Dept. of French and Francophone Studies Annual Awards Reception

Friday, May 2nd
3:30-5:00 PM
Garden Room, Pasquerilla Spiritual Center

Please join us in honoring the accomplishments of our graduating students!

Contact Prof. Heather McCoy for more information

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Welcome to the Department of
French and Francophone Studies

Welcome to the Department of French and Francophone Studies at the Pennsylvania State University. We offer a wide range of undergraduate and graduate courses in French language, linguistics, French and Francophone literature, culture and history. We are committed to engaging in innovative scholarship, fostering an intellectual climate that encourages research connections between disciplines, and are dedicated to excellence in instruction at all levels. We invite you to explore our website and learn more about the opportunities and events in our community of dedicated scholars, devoted teachers, and promising students.

Learn about our major!

If you plan to major in French and would like to speak with the Undergraduate Officer about your interests, please contact Prof. Grossman at

Congratulations to Department of French and Francophone Studies 2014 Award Winners!

Award Winners

The Dept. of French and Francophone Studies is delighted to congratulate instructor Solange Garnier-Fox (left) and students Andrew Stafford (middle) and Sophia Fortune (Khadraoui-right) for their respective recent awards. Solange Garnier-Fox has been awarded the Outstanding Teaching Award for Non-Tenure Line Faculty by the College of the Liberal Arts. Andrew Stafford has been awarded the Harold F. Martin Graduate Assistant Outstanding Teaching Award, a competitive university-wide teaching prize for outstanding teaching that is jointly sponsored by the Graduate School and the Office of the Vice President and Dean for Undergraduate Education. Sophia Khadraoui has been awarded a prestigious Graduate Research Award, the Alumni Association Dissertation Award, which is given by the Penn State Alumni Association. This award is considered to be among the most prestigious available to Penn State graduate students and recognizes outstanding achievement in scholarship and professional accomplishment. Toutes nos félicitations!


Undergraduate Research Fair

Suzanne Richards and Julia Schrank
Suzanne Richards with Dean Long
Julia Schrank

This semester two of our undergraduate students participated in the 2013 Undergraduate Research Fair. Congratulations are in order for Julia Schrank as she won first place in the Arts and Humanities category as well as first place for the Library's Information Literacy Award for her research for her Schreyer Honors College thesis on "Menus objets ou menus, objets d'art".

Suzanne Richards, pictured left with Dean Long, presented her project "Henri Vever and the Parisian Art World of the Late Nineteenth Century".

Both students are the students of Professor Willa Silverman. Toutes nos félicitations!


Summer Internship in Paris

Meghan Kane image My name is Meghan Kane and I am a junior and French minor at Penn State University. Although I am a Food Science major and am not required to take classes for a second language, I decided my freshman year to pursue a minor in French, because of my love for the culture and language. The minor just started as something for me and a way to balance out my science-based classes; but it evolved into so much more than that.


French major working to help families affected by 9/11 at her summer internship

            Majoring in English and French, I had anticipated perhaps interning for a publishing company in New York or finding a job in a writing or writing-related field in a city for this summer. I perused Hearst Publications, Condé Nast, and even Madison Square Garden for various opportunities. I wanted to work somewhere big--high profile, serious office. It turns out that I found myself in the complete opposite setting, yet content and proud of the job that I landed.


Liberal Arts Grad Students Win Outstanding Teaching Awards

            Three Liberal Arts graduate students have been recognized with the 2012 Harold F. Martin Graduate Assistant Outstanding Teaching Awards. We are pleased to announce that Brandy Brown, a Ph.D student in the Department of French and Francophone Studies, is among them.


For more, visit the Student Spotlights page!

Faculty Spotlight!

Meghan Kane imageThe first time she went to Paris at 16, a homesick Willa Silverman thought she might hate it.  

Instead, she found herself going back, again and again and again. Over the past 40 years, her trips to France have given her a life-long fascination for French culture and history.   

"I've been to France in different capacities, for a great mixture of professional and personal reasons,” says Dr. Silverman. “I will never say no to a trip to France."  

She has picked up many things in her travels — a second language, a teaching career, a love for farmers markets and a fine appreciation of French cuisine — and a piece of history: a yellow star from World War II – given by her host mother, who had survived the war as a Jew in France. 


Read the whole article at the Schreyer Honors College website!  

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