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Languages, Cultures and Literatures


Sophie Halvin

Sophie Halvin

Adjunct Instructor, French
Supervisor, French Conversation Table
(619) 260-4045

Office: Founders 138

Office Hours: Jan. 25-May 9: M, 1:00-3:00; W, 9:00-10:00 & 12:15-12:45; F, 9:00-10:00

Sophie Halvin is an Adjunct Professor in the Languages and Literatures department where she has been teaching the full spectrum of elementary and intermediate French classes since 2001. She came to USD after working for 10 years at the University of California, San Diego where she taught a variety of language and literature courses. She is a native of Paris, France.

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Michele Magnin

Michele Magnin, PhD

Chair (all languages)
Director and Professor of French
(619) 260-4063

Office: Founders 138

Office Hours: Jan. 25-May 9: T/Th, 11:00-12:00 and 4:00-4:30; W, 3:30-5:30 & by appointment

Michèle C. Magnin, PhD, has been a member of the department of Languages and Literatures since 1990. She is the director of the French section. She offers courses in literature, culture and civilization, women writers, advanced writing, and phonetics. She was director of the Faculty and Curriculum Diversity Program on campus for three years.

A native Parisian, Magnin has established strong links with the French community in San Diego. She was president of the San Diego chapters of the American Association of Teachers of French, and the Alliance Française.

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Sylvie Ngilla

Sylvie Ngilla, PhD

Assistant Professor, French
(619) 260-7841

Office: Founders 144-B

Office Hours: Jan. 26-May 5: T/Th, 8:40-10:40; W, 7:30-8:30

Sylvie Ndome Ngilla, PhD, joined the faculty in 2012. She teaches courses on French and Francophone language, culture, and literatures. Her research is focused on twentieth and twenty-first century francophone African theater in particular on aesthetics and discourses on chaos, cultural identities, gender, African diasporas, and globalization.

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Jeannette Brinks Rigsby, PhD

Professor Emerita, French

Shirley Saad

Shirley Saad

Supervisor, French Community Service-Learning
Adjunct Intructor
(619) 260-4045

Office: Founders 138

Office Hours: Jan. 25-May 9: M/W/F, 10:10-11:10; W, 12:30-2:00 & by appointment

Shirley M. Saad has been teaching French at USD since 1999. She teaches beginning and intermediate French.

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Richard Stroik

Richard Stroik, PhD

Associate Professor, French
(619) 260-4064

Office: Founders 144-D

Office Hours: Jan. 25-May 9: M/W, 1:20-3:50

Richard Stroik, PhD, came to the University of San Diego in 1991. He previously served as chair of the department and as coordinator of the Intensive Language (Dartmouth) Model for first-year language instruction and as a member of the executive committee of the Academic Assembly. He has been active in study abroad during his entire career, serving as chair of the Study Abroad committee and creating a summer program in France. His research interests are in 20th century French poetry and Camus. Stroik is a product of Catholic elementary and secondary education.

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