Jann Purdy, PhD

Professor of French, Chair of International Studies
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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. At Pacific, you will have the opportunity to get to know the faculty in your discipline, and they will know you.

Below I have listed some of the courses that I teach. 

IS 201 | Intercultural Communication

IS/HUM 311, 312, 313 Global Skills Program

WORL 365 | Teaching Languages and Culture in Elementary School

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

FREN/HUM 370| Discovery of France and Beyond (Winter travel course, offered every-other year)

Published Works

Language beyond the Classroom: A Guide to Community-Based Learning for World Language Programs. Cambridge Scholars Publishing. 2018.

“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. 2010.

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


I began teaching at Pacific University in 2004 and have been enriched by the community ties with students and colleagues ever since. I chair the International Studies Program where I teach courses in intercultural communication as well as a 3-course Global Skills program that prepares students for study abroad and beyond. I also co-direct the Global Scholars Program which provides equitable access to global learning opportunities. I also enjoy teaching all levels of French language and literature, as well as courses in language pedagogy.  I love to travel both in the US and abroad, eat wholesome, gourmet food, and hike, ski, and kayak in the beautiful Pacific Northwest.