Faculty Profiles

Language, culture, and learning

Modern language department chair and professor, Julie Storme's expertise goes far beyond teaching students to "parlez-vous" another language. By training an eighteeenth-century specialist (her dissertation was on Montaigne's and Rousseau's conflicted identity as a writer), Dr. Storme has concentrated her professional activities at Saint Mary's College within the field of foreign language pedagogy. She is the author of the workbook for Situations et contextes , a first-year French textbook, and co-authored the intermediate textbook Ouvertures, now in its third edition.

Within the field of language pedagogy, she has special expertise in the teaching of reading and culture. With Dr. Mana Derakhshani, Dr. Storme is a frequent presenter of papers and workshops at pedagogy conferences, and was co-director with her of the NEH-funded Summer Institute for Teachers of French at Saint Mary's in 1993 on "Integrating Language and Culture through Content-Based Instruction."

Dr. Storme has been instrumental in developing the French Studies major, with special courses on France and America from the eighteenth- through twentieth-centuries, and the history of French colonization, for which she received a SISTAR grant (student-faculty research) from Saint Mary's. She also serves on the InterCultural Studies Committee, having served as its first coordinator. Along with others on this committee, she helped establish the InterCultural Studies Minor at Saint Mary's.

Awarded her PhD at Northwestern University (IL), Dr. Storme is an expert in the area of cultural and intercultureal competence, power and privilege, and interracial dialogue.