Assistant Professor of French
At North Park since: 2007
Dr. Jennifer Morrissey came to North Park University because she wanted to teach at a university that puts students first. “North Park provides the safe, supportive environment students need in order to take risks and move beyond their comfort zones,” she says.
She has designed the French and francophone studies majors to encourage this sort of exploration. With emphasis on both language and culture, her courses introduce students to the experience of French speakers and communities from around the world. Her own research interests include Early Modern French literature, music and theater, and travel literature—all of which show up in French courses and opportunities for students in the program. She encourages French and francophone studies majors to get participate in language and film clubs, study abroad experiences, and building connections with local French organizations. Dr. Morrissey thinks these first-hand experiences complement classroom learning in a necessary way. “Students become familiar with important global issues through the use of authentic learning materials,” she says.
Dr. Morrissey continues to plan events that will both challenge her students as well as introduce the campus to various Francophone countries. During National French Week students can participate in a full “French immersion day,” speaking nothing but French and joining in events from several French-speaking cultures.
Through all of these activities and her courses, she is committed to walking alongside her students as they push boundaries to learn as much as they can. “Nothing is more satisfying to me than watching students grow and strive and achieve,” she says.
- PhD, French and Romance Philology, Columbia University
DEA, French Literature, Université de Paris III
- BA, International Relations, University of Pennsylvania