Favorite Quote or Motto“Jamais Arrière” (Always forward)
Surprising Fact About YourselfI don’t smoke, I don’t drink coffee and I do not like most French cheese (and I am French)!
If You Weren’t a ProfessorI’d be a chef
Favorite MovieLe Silence de la Mer (The Silence of the Sea) by Vercors
Hobbies and InterestsI like to cook and travel. There is nothing like discovering new places and cultures and getting to know and understand them.
University Faculty Spotlight:
Dr. Bertrand Landry
Title: Assistant Professor of French
Initially I wanted to be an English teacher in France. As a part of the curriculum, I spent a year at Clark University as a teaching assistant. I met there the most extraordinary instructor who had such an impact on me and changed my life that I decided to become a French professor in the USA.
I had the chance and the privilege to present a paper at Oxford University in England. I was so proud to be there and rub shoulders with the most amazing scholars in my field.
I am very easy-going and laid-back, but I always require the best students can offer me. I have a great sense of humor, and I am very creative. I channel both sense of humor and creativity in my classes. I always include culture when I teach languages, and I try to make French as relevant as possible.
I would like to develop a course of French gastronomy and a course on World War II and the literature of the Resistance. Both courses will be interdisciplinary and encompass a strong dose of culture.
Best Part of Teaching
The best part of teaching is when a student smiles at me and tells me, “I get it.”
Chapman Hall stands out to me because of its history and the rumors about it. Coming from France, I am very sensitive to older buildings and their history.
I truly value the emphasis put on languages. Mount Union is aware of their importance and gives strong support to my department. I appreciate students interested in them whether they study athletic training, psychology, biology or political science.
Mount Union Grads Stand Out
Mount Union has relevant programs, great faculty members and a sound mission statement. It truly is where exceptional begins, and it will be translated on the work place and will make a Mount Union graduate stand out from the other employees.
French culture, 17th and 18th century literature, letters and memoirs, pedagogy
Maîtrise, English Literature, Université de Bourgogne, France
M.A., French Literature, Miami University
Ph.D., French Language and Literature, Boston University