Katrine R. Pflanze, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of French
Katrine Pflanze is an Associate Professor of French in the Department of Modern Languages. She teaches elementary, intermediate and advanced French language courses, in addition to seminar courses in early modern French literature and French cultural studies. Her doctoral thesis investigated the uses of Petrarchan motifs in the work of the Renaissance poet, Pierre de Ronsard. Her current work centers on the implications of Second Language Acquisition research for linguistic and intercultural curriculum design. She is interested in the strategies and techniques that help students to acquire cross-cultural competence and those that foster the transition from intermediate to advanced levels of proficiency. She is Faculty Moderator for the W&J chapter of Pi Delta Phi National French Honor Society, Vice-President of the Western Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Association of Teachers of French and Editor-in-Chief of the French section of the Culturally Authentic Pictorial Lexicon (CAPL).