- Ph.D., French Language and Literature, Michigan State University (1993)
- M.A., French, University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana (1981)
- B.A., French and English, Alma College (1979)
Students often describe me as energetic in the classroom and supportive of their learning. Indeed, I try to bring a lot of energy and excitement to whatever I do, whether it be encouraging students in their study and celebration of French language, film, and culture, whether I play my hammered dulcimer in music jams at 3:00 in the morning (as my picture shows!), or whether I eradicate invasive species in the woods.