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Faculty Service

Faculty Service and University Awards

Academic year 2023-2024

On Leave

  • Janet Horne AY 2023-2024, Academic and Administrative Leave
  • Gary Ferguson, Fall 2023, Sesquicentennial Associateship
  • Deborah McGrady, Fall 2023, Sesquicentennial Associateship

Department Chair and Program Directors 

  • Department Chair: Ari Blatt
  • Director of Graduate Studies: Claire Lyu
  • Director of Undergraduate Studies: Jennifer Tsien
  • Language Program Director: Karen James
  • French House Director: Rachel Geer
  • Director of UVa Program in Lyon, France: Cécile Rey
  • Chair of Summer Courses and Director, French SLI (Summer Language Institute) : Spyros Simotas
  • Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Claire Lyu
  • Faculty Senator: Amy Ogden

University Programs

  • Medieval Studies Program, Director: Deborah McGrady
  • Premodern Cultures and Communities Certificate Director: Deborah McGrady


Graduate Studies Committee

  • Claire Lyu (DGS/Chair)
  • Cheryl Krueger
  • Amy Ogden

Undergraduate Studies Committee

  • Jennifer Tsien (DUP/Chair)
  • Mamadou Dia
  • Karen James

Language Program Committee

  • Karen James (Chair)
  • Cécile Rey
  • Elizabeth Hall

Maison Française Planning Committee

  • Rachel Geer (Chair)
  • Jennifer Tsien (DUP)

Course Planning Committee

  • Ari Blatt (Chair)
  • Claire Lyu (DGS)
  • Jennifer Tsien (DUP)                          
  • Karen James (LPD)
  • Amy Ogden

Lecture Committee

  • Maya Boutaghou (Chair)
  • Claire Lyu (DGS)
  • Jennifer Tsien (DUP)
  • Philippe Roger
  • Graduate student rep: TBD

Peer Evaluation Committee

  • Gary Ferguson (Chair)
  • Maya Boutaghou
  • Cheryl Krueger
  • Ari Blatt (ex officio)

Assessment Coordination

  • DUP, Jennifer Tsien, for undergraduate program
  • DGS, Claire Lyu, for graduate program
  • Members of Undergraduate and Graduate Studies Committees

Promotion Committee

  • Deborah McGrady (Chair 1)
  • Philippe Roger (Chair 2)
  • Gary Ferguson (1)
  • Alison Levine (2)
  • Ari Blatt, ex officio (1 and 2)

First-Year Advisors

  • Ari Blatt (COLA Advisor)
  • Cheryl Krueger

“French Teachers for Tomorrow” ad-hoc Committee (FTFT)

  • Amy Ogden (Chair)
  • Liz Hall
  • Spyros Simotas

Phi Delta Phi Moderator

  • Jennifer Tsien (DUP)

Distinguished Major Program, Thesis Directors

  • Ari Blatt (director to William Smythe)
  • Ari Blatt (director to Lela Trainer)
  • Claire Lyu (director to Elise Kalhor)
  • Amy Ogden (director to Casey Baxter)

French Department-ENS and EHESS exchange liaison: Claire Lyu

Graduate Representatives 2024-2025:

MA Representative:  Gabriela Swic                  

PhD Representative: Emily Marks                   

Newcomer Liaison: Lydia Hoffman  

Graduate Representative to the Mediation Committee: Michael Overstreet

Diversity Equity and Inclusion Graduate Representative: Ninon Bartz                       

GSASC Representative: Monique Zahui            


Departmental Service Assignments of Individual Faculty

Ari Blatt: Department Chair; Course Planning Committee (Chair); Peer Evaluation Committee (Ex Officio); Promotion Committees (Ex Officio); COLA Advisor; DMP Thesis Director (x2).

Maya Boutaghou: Lecture Committee (Chair); Peer Evaluation Committee

Mamadou Dia: TBD

Gary Ferguson:  On Leave (Fall 2023); Promotion Committee; Peer Evaluation Committee (Chair)

Rachel Geer: French House Director

Elizabeth Hall: Language Program Committee; “French Teachers for Tomorrow” ad-hoc committee

Janet Horne: On Leave (AY 2023-2024)

Karen James: Language Program Director; Course Planning Committee; Undergraduate Studies Committee; Language Program Committee (Chair); Creole Coordinator

Cheryl Krueger: Peer Evaluation Committee; Graduate Studies Committee; First-year Advisor

Alison Levine: Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs

Claire Lyu: Director of Graduate Studies; Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion; Course Planning Committee; Graduate Program Assessment Coordinator; Lecture Committee; DMP Thesis Director

Deborah McGrady: On Leave (Fall 2023); Promotion Committee (Chair); Director of the Medieval Studies Program; Director of the Premodern Cultures and Communities Certificate

Amy Ogden: Faculty Senator; Graduate Studies Committee; Ad-Hoc French Teachers for Tomorrow Committee (Chair); Course Planning Committee; DMP Thesis Director

Cécile Rey: Language Program Committee; Director, UVA in Lyon

Philippe Roger:  Lecture Committee; Undergraduate Studies Committee; Promotion Committee (Chair)

Spyros Simotas: Chair of Summer Courses and Director, French SLI (Summer Language Institute); “French Teachers for Tomorrow” ad-hoc Committee

Jennifer Tsien:   Director of Undergraduate Studies (DUP); Chair of Undergraduate Studies Committee; Pi Delta Phi Faculty Moderator; Undergraduate Program Assessment Coordination; Course Planning Committee; Lecture Committee