Why I came to Simon's Rock
“Before coming to Simon's Rock, I had only taught at large universities. The
small classes and close community here appealed to me right from the start. I know
from experience that the students here are more engaged than at other places, and
my classes are more lively and more rigorous as a result. Another happy result of
our small size is that I am able to teach a variety of courses, something that wasn't
true when I taught in larger departments. As a result, I've taught seminars on 17th-century
French literature, created an entire course devoted to French food, and run countless
tutorials, including an ill-conceived course on the works of the Marquis de Sade.
The students are serious about learning here; it's a great place to teach..”
A favorite Simon's Rock teaching moment.
“I often use classic French chansons in my beginning French course--Jacques Brel,
Charles Trenet--hoping to introduce students to what I consider bastions of French
high culture. My illusions were shattered when, during an exercise based on Edith
Piaf's "Non, je ne regrette rien," I overheard someone say "Isn't this the song from
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