Karen Simroth James
375 New Cabell Hall
Fall 2023 Office Hours
- Wednesdays through Oct 25, 1:00 - 2:30pm
- Wed, Nov 1, 1:00 - 1:45pm
- Wednesdays from Nov 8 through the end of the semester, 3:00 - 5:00pm
- Thursdays in September, 1:00-2:00pm
- Thursdays in October & November, 1:30-3:00pm
- No office hours on Thur., Oct. 12, or Nov. 2
and by appointment, in person or in zoom
- Bachelor of Arts (BA), University of Virginia
- Master of Arts (MA), University of Michigan System : Ann Arbor
- Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), University of Virginia
Teaching and Research Interests
Pedagogical training and mentoring of graduate student instructors; experiential learning and meaning making in the language learning process; diversity, equity, and inclusion in world language pedagogy; French for professional purposes in the college curriculum; instructional technology for language acquisition and humanities education. Additional research interests: sixteenth-century French literature; history of the book in early modern France.
Click here to read about Professor James’s experiences with a Global Mentor in FREN 3037 (French for Global Development).
- Intermediate French
- Finding Your Voice in French
- French for Global Development and Humanitarian Action
- What’s love got to do with it? – Renaissance Poetry in Vieux Lyon (UVA in Lyon)
- Theories and Methods of Teaching French
Arts & Sciences Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Grant: DEI Curricular Initiative, French Language Program, 2023-2024
All-University Teaching Award, 2023
Jefferson Scholars Foundation Award for Excellence in Teaching, 2023
Global Mentor Program Award (UVA Global Affairs), Spring 2022. With the support of this award, Moussa Yéro Bah served as Global Mentor in FREN 3037, French for Global Development and Humanitarian Action, sharing insights from her work as a broadcast journalist and activist working for women’s rights, reduction of gender-based violence, and support for victims of sexual violence in Guinea.
Global Mentor Program Award, (UVA Global Affairs), Spring 2021. With the support of this award, Abiol Lual Deng (UVA French ‘05) shared her expertise and extensive experience in humanitarian roles in West and Central Africa with students in FREN 3995/3037, French for Global Development.
Learning Technologies Incubator Grants, University of Virginia, 2016-2017, 2015-2016. Electronic Portfolios in Language Teaching, Learning, and Assessment.
- Reference Materials Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, with Mary B. McKinley, 2006-2008.
- Florence Gould Foundation grant awards to the University of Virginia Library and the University of Virginia Department of French for digitization of rare printed French books in the Douglas Gordon Collection, 2003-2005; 2005-2007.
“ePortfolios in a World Language Learning Curriculum,” with co-authors Emily Scida (Spanish) and Yitna Firdyiwek (Arts and Sciences Instructional Design and Technology). Chapter 3 in ePortfolio-as-Curriculum: Diverse Models and Practices, edited by Kathleen Blake Yancey. Stylus, April 2019.
“Making the Stones Speak: The Curious Observations of Gabriele Simeoni,” Itineraries in French Renaissance Literature, Essays for Mary B. McKinley, Eds. Jeff Persels, Kendall Tarte, George Hoffmann. Leiden: Brill, 2018. 398-420.
“E-Portfolios for Assessment of Student Learning in World Language Programs.” Co-authored with Emily Scida (Spanish) and Yitna Firdyiwek (Instructional Design and Technology). The Language Educator (ACTFL magazine), vol. 11, no. 2 (March/April 2016), 30-34.
“Rare Books and Web Pages for Teaching Early Modern Women Writers.” Co- authored with Mary B. McKinley. Teaching Women Writers of the Renaissance and Reformation. Ed. Colette Winn. New York: Modern Language Association of America, 2011. 363-370.
Pernette du Guillet: Complete Poems, A Bilingual Edition. Other Voice in Early Modern Europe. Toronto: Centre for Renaissance and Reformation Studies, 2010. Bilingual edition of Du Guillet’s Rymes (1545), with critical introduction and notes, in collaboration with Marta Finch (poetry translations).