French Faculty

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Benjamin Semple

Professor; French Program Director

Department of Modern Languages 502 East Boone Ave.
AD Box 044
Spokane, WA 99258-0001

Phone: 313-6721

Office Location
E. 511 Sharp Rm 204

Office Hours

Office Hours:
MR 2:15-3:45
T 11:00-12:00
R 2:15-3:45

& by appointment

Professor Semple has more than twenty years of experience teaching French in a variety of institutional contexts, both in the United States and abroad, and at a variety of levels: middle school, high school, undergraduate and graduate. He holds a Ph.D. in Romance Languages from the University of Pennsylvania. He served for five years (1993-1998) on the Executive Board of the Connecticut Chapter of the American Association of Teachers of French, and for two years (1996-1998) as president of the same chapter. A medievalist by specialization, he has been the president of the North American chapter of the International Christine de Pizan Society since June of 2006.

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Barbara Boyer
Associate Professor

Department of Modern Languages 502 E. Boone Ave
AD Box 044
Spokane, WA 99258-0044

Phone: 313-3882

Office Location
511 E. Sharp Room 102

Office Hours
Office Hours:
MWF 12:00 - 1:00
M 2:00-3:00 Tilford, Rm 117 (599-8441)
and by appointment

A native of France, Professor Boyer holds a B.A. in English and one in French as a Foreign Language from the University of Aix-en-Provence, an M.A. in French Literature from Texas Tech University, and a PhD in French and Francophone Studies from the University of Southern California.  In 2003, she received the Award for Excellence in Teaching from USC.  Professor Boyer teaches French and Francophone literature and culture, and all levels of language classes. Her research focuses on Postcolonialism and the intertwined histories of North Africa and France, as well as French popular culture, and current social and political events. Dr. Boyer has published on issues related to immigration from Maghreb, and on national identities in France. Another major part of her publication focuses on language teaching and second language acquisition through literature.

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Frederic Dugenet
Adjunct Faculty

Gonzaga University Dept. of Modern Languages E. 502 Boone Ave.
AD Box 44
Spokane, WA 99258

Phone: 313-6727

Office Location
E. 511 Sharp, Rm 208

Office Hours

Before and after class,
or by appointment

Prof. Dugenet is originally from France and has been living and teaching in Spokane for the last 20 years.  He has an MA in French from the University of Provence and an Education degree (PGCE)  from the University of Lancaster, England.  He was a Fulbright recipient and taught English in Guadeloupe (French West Indies).  He has taught not only French, but Spanish, Italian and German at Whitworth, EWU and SCC. When he's  not teaching, he enjoys triathlons and is a host for the Spokane International Film Festival.