I love that the common denominator for Lewis & Clark students is a desire and determination to be one’s most authentic self, and to show up in the world in a way that makes it truer and better.
What three words would you use to describe Lewis & Clark?
How do you describe the liberal arts?
I think of the liberal arts as a framework and set of resources for building a rich and meaningful life. It’s about becoming educated and laying the foundations for a career, yes, but it’s so much more than that. The liberal arts teach us how to live, not just how to do.
What do you enjoy most about Lewis & Clark students?
Where to start? I love that the common denominator for Lewis & Clark students is a desire and determination to be one’s most authentic self, and to show up in the world in a way that makes it truer and better. I also love the kindness I see in them. There is very little snark here.
How does Lewis & Clark prepare students interested in world languages/French studies to pursue a career and/or advanced studies after graduation?
It prepares them by giving them the skills to do what they will need to do in their chosen field, but also to think creatively and deeply about the big questions and challenges of the world. This is not a stay-on-surface-level kind of place. We educate our students to go deep.
What sets French studies apart from other small liberal arts colleges?
I’m biased of course, but I believe our Lewis & Clark faculty to be among the most skilled, caring, and dedicated teachers I have seen anywhere. In French studies, we have amazing overseas programs that we integrate into our curriculum as much as possible. We also include a good deal of creative and personal projects and writing into our courses, which is different from other French studies programs and makes us more relevant and impactful for young adults.
What should incoming students know about L&C?
You will be seen here.
What’s your favorite spot on campus?
The quiet area of the library that overlooks the path going along the reflecting pond.
What’s your favorite thing about living in Portland?
There is an appreciation here for living well. All around, you find good food and drink, but also people determined to live their best life.
What’s your best L&C memory?
It may seem odd to call this a good memory, but I remember with fondness and amazement the way we pulled together to be there for our students and each other when the pandemic hit. It was moving to see and live through, and made me more conscious than before of what a special community we have.
Share something you think your students would be surprised to learn about you.
I began college as an astrophysics major.