After completing her M.A. in French literature in 2007 at the University of Kansas, Alyssa Klein began additional graduate studies at Vanderbilt University's Peabody College in Nashville, Tennessee. In May 2009, she received her M.Ed. degree in Higher Education Administration with an emphasis in Student Affairs. During her two years at Vanderbilt, Alyssa worked as an Institute Coordinator for Peabody Professional Institutes (PPI),a program which provides short-term, intensive educational experiences for professional educators and administrators during the summer. She also served as a graduate assistant at Vanderbilt’s Global Education Office and assisted in the development of a new year-long international service-learning program, VISAGE (Vanderbilt Initiative for Scholarship and Global Engagement).
Alyssa is currently the Coordinator of the John E. Dolibois European Center at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. Located in Differdange, Luxembourg, the Dolibois European Center enrolls approximately 300 students each year in semester, year-long, and summer workshop programs. The academic curriculum allows students from all majors to explore European cultures firsthand in a multilingual environment. Students also have numerous opportunities for local community engagement and travel. More information about the program can be accessed at: http://www.units.muohio.edu/luxembourg/
. Alyssa credits her KU graduate work in French literature as having well-prepared her for a professional career in international education.
Alyssa enjoys keeping in touch with her KU French & Italian Department colleagues and can be contacted at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Katie Baldwin received her M.A. of French Literature at KU in 2015 and also holds a B.A. in French from KU in 2011. After completing her first year of the master’s program, Katie took a short break from academia and worked for three semesters as a Special Education Para for students with autism at Broken Arrow Elementary School in Lawrence. Last year, she returned to dissecting French literature, with particular interests in the Medieval and Early Renaissance periods, and teaching French language and culture. She also has interests in the Classics, particularly Latin, and Gallo-Roman Culture. When she’s not on campus, Katie enjoys fishing with her husband, knitting, and spending time with her extended family.
Angela Moots received a her Bachelor of Arts in both French and Biology and a Master’s in French from the University of Arkansas. She received her PhD in French from the University of Kansas where she has taught beginning and intermediate French classes. Her dissertation analyzes the numerous narrative functions of fainting in medieval French literature, and she has presented her research at the Mid-America Medieval Association Conference and the International Congress on Medieval Studies. Angela has had the opportunity to conduct her dissertation research in Paris thanks to the Cornell/Mahieu Scholarship, a Springer Fellowship, a KU Graduate Summer Research Award, and a Hall Center Graduate Summer Research Award.
Brian Flanagin graduated with his Doctoral Degree in 2015 and accepted an advanced instructor position at the University of Kansas.