Higher education leader with significant scope of responsibility. Effective leadership through change. Experience in visioning and strategic planning; fostering diversity and inclusion; financial management; advancement, fundraising and securing extramural foundation support; promoting interdisciplinary research and curriculum; community engagement and external relations; hiring, development and evaluation of faculty and staff; enrollment management; strengthening the student experience. Award-winning teacher and academic leader. Author of essays on leadership and higher education.


Purdue University, Ph.D. in Foreign Languages and Literatures with major concentration in French, 2000
École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris, France, D.E.A. (Diplôme d’Études Approfondies) en Sciences du langage, avec mention très bien, 1996
Purdue University, M.A. in Foreign Languages and Literatures with major concentration in French, 1994
University of Nebraska Omaha, B.A. in French, summa cum laude, 1993

Other Publications

“To Address the Anthropocene, Engage the Liberal Arts” (with Meghan Howey), Anthropocene 18 (2017): 105–10.

“ Greimas and Gender: Mere Recipe or Real Meal?” Semiotica: Journal of the International Association of Semiotic Studies 219 (2017): 33–54.

The Business Case for Humanities Education” (with Ross Gittell), New Hampshire Business Review, September 29, 2017.

The Humanities Must Engage Global Grand Challenges,” The Chronicle of Higher Education, March 30, 2016.

“Chairing Stories” in Academic Leadership in Higher Education: From the Top Down and the Bottom Up. Ed. Robert J. Sternberg et al. Lanham, MD: Rowman-Littlefield, 2015. 233–38.

“Friendship, Fainéantise, and Fraternal Correction in Graffigny’s Letters to Devaux 1752–53,” Eighteenth-Century Fiction 26.3 (2014): 355–74.

“Graffigny’s Self, Graffigny’s Friend: Intimate Sharing in the Correspondance 1750–52,” Studies in Eighteenth-Century Culture 42, ed. Lisa Cody. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2013: 215–36.

“The Recent Work of Luce Irigaray,” special issue of L’Esprit créateur 52.3 (2012). Includes introductory essay, pp. 1–10.

The Fiction of Enlightenment: Women of Reason in the French Eighteenth Century. Newark: The University of Delaware Press, 2010. 272 pages. 978-0874130744.

Translator of Jacques Fontanille, Sémiotique du discours, 2nd ed.  Limoges, France: Presses universitaires de Limoges, 2003, as The Semiotics of Discourse, series Berkeley Insights in Linguistics and Semiotics. New York: Peter Lang, 2006.

Translator of Luce Irigaray, La voie de l’amour as The Way of Love (with Stephen Pluháček). London: Continuum, 2002.

“Thinking Life as Relation: An Interview with Luce Irigaray” (with Stephen Pluháček), Man and World 29.4 (1996): 343–60. Reprinted in Why Different?  A Culture of Two Subjects, ed. Luce Irigaray and Sylvère Lotringer. New York: Semiotext(e), 2000. 145–67. Reprinted in Conversations, ed. Luce Irigaray. London: Continuum, 2008. 1−19.

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