Professor Sarah Jourdain Named as Associate Dean in the School of Professional Development
Sarah Jourdain has been appointed Associate Dean of the School of Professional Development
(SPD). In her role, Dr. Jourdain will initiate and supervise the development of new
programs, work closely with the SPD Curriculum Committee, and the Office of Teacher
Certification, and lead efforts to write grants for innovations in SPD’s course offerings.
A faculty member in French in the European Languages, Literatures and Cultures Department,
Dr. Jourdain has also been a very active faculty member in SPD for over a decade, serving on the
SPD Council and authoring or co-authoring many new program proposals, including 5-year
dual degree programs in Foreign Languages, TESOL and Foreign Language, and--most recently--a
Bilingual Extension for teachers. The long-time (and continuing) Director of Foreign
Language Teacher Education,
Dr. Jourdain was the leader in earning NCATE certification for all language programs in 2004,
2009, and in 2016.
Dr. Jourdain earned a PhD from Indiana University, and has since published a book
on teaching French and peer-reviewed articles, including recent publications in
The French Review and the
Journal of the National Council of Less Commonly Taught Languages.
She has also been awarded over half a million dollars in grants and student scholarships
to support language study. Dr. Jourdain is also an actual Knight, as she was awarded
Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Palmes Académiques (“Knight in the Order of Academic Palms”) by the French Government in 2010.