Jann Purdy, PhD

Associate Professor
UC Box: 
Carnegie Hall 101B (Forest Grove)

Course Information

At Pacific University, all faculty teach a variety of different courses. Typically, we do not use graduate teaching assistants, which means that your classes will be taught by professors and that you will have plenty of opportunities to get to know the faculty in your discipline.

Below I have listed some of the courses that I teach. We are always developing and trying out new classes, so the list may change now and then.

FREN 102 | Introduction to French Language & Culture

WORL 365 | Teaching Languages and Culture in Elementary School

WORL 325 | Tutoring and Mentoring in the Languages

FREN 385 | Seminar in French: Love Literature, Autobiography in French Literature, or Engaged Literature in the 20th-Century

Culinary Tour of France | Winter term only (offered every other year)


Conference Papers

“Promoting Language Learning in Elementary Schools,” presented at COFLT Conference, January 2014.

“LiM Panel:  Student Mentors for Language Studies,” moderator/organizer for student-led conference panel at COFLT Conference, January 2014.

“LiM Panel: Exciting presentations for high-school language classes,” moderator/organizer for student-led conference panel at COFLT Conference, January 2014.

“Examples from Blended Learning Experiments,” presented at OTEN Conference, September 2013.

“A Case for Engaging College Language Students in Conducting After-School Language Clubs at the Elementary School,” presented at COFLT Conference, October 2012.

“Evaluation, Selection and Implementation of Supplemental CALL Program for Second Language Learning,” co-presented with Erica Andree at 2012 OTEN Conference, September 2012.

“The Influence of Ethnography on Twentieth-century French Literature,” presented at the PAMLA conference, Riverside, Calif., November 2006.

“The Shame of Autobiography: Annie Ernaux’s La Honte,” presented at the RMMLA conference, Boise, Idaho, October 2000.

“Self-sacrifice, possession, and other bi-‘zar’-eries: Leiris and participant observation,” MLA conference, San Francisco, December 1998 (Panel Chair: Dennis Hollier).

“Participant Observers, or the Cannibals of Autobiography and Ethnography,” French Department Colloquia Series, UC Berkeley, November 1997.

“Autobiographical Excavations and Ethnographic Recollections in French Literature,” Western Humanities Converence, Santa Barbara, October 1995.

Published Works

“Food and Character in Irène Nemirovski’s Suite francaise” in Cuisine and Symbolic Capital: Food in Film and Literature (ed. Cheleen Mahar). Cambridge Scholars Publishing. Forthcoming 2010.

“Ethnographic Devices in Modern French Autobiography: Michel leiris and Annie Ernaux.” Pacific Coast Philology v.42 2007 : 24-36.

Review of the bi-lingual edition of Jacques Réda’s Europes in Pacific Coast Philology. Forthcoming.

Review of the English translation of Michel Toumier’s Miroir des idées in the Rocky Mountain MLA Review


I began teaching at Pacific University in 2004 and have formed a strong bond with students in colleagues over the years. I enjoy teaching courses in all levels of French language and literature, as well as courses in language pedagogy. My areas of specialization include 20th-century French, autobiography, and language pedagogy. I have a passion for travel, so I enjoy mentoring students for study abroad programs.  I also love to eat well, so that passion brings on a whole host of hobbies, such as gardening, cooking, trying out new restaurants ... and then exercising via hiking, swimming and yoga.