Ella W. Kirk

Professor of French, Chair

B.A., M.A., Ball State University
M.A., Ph.D., The Ohio State University

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  • Ph.D., Department of French and Italian, The Ohio State University, Columbus, March, 1992.
  • M.A., French, The Ohio State University, 1985.
  • M.A. program, Teaching English as a Second Language, Ball State University, 1982-83.
  • B.A., French, Spanish, Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana, 1981.
  • L'Université Laval, Quebec, Canada, summer, 1981.
  • Goethe Institut, Nancy, France, 1982. German courses.
  • Hiram College, Hiram, Ohio, 1994. Japanese courses; 2006, Arabic courses

Teaching Interests

  • World literature, literature by women, contemporary
  • Francophone culture
  • French Language
  • Interdisciplinary endeavors
  • Study abroad
  • Great Books program

Research Interests

  • 17th and 18th-century epistolary fiction
  • Food and culture; history of French gastronomy
  • Francophone African literature
  • French cinema
  • French Caribbean literature


  • 2008-present, PROFESSOR, French, Foreign Language Department, Hiram College, Hiram, Ohio.
  • 2007-2009, FACULTY CHAIR, Hiram College.
  • 1998-2008, ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR, French, Foreign Language Department, Hiram College, Hiram, Ohio.
  • 2003-present, CHAIR, Foreign Language Department, Hiram College
  • 1997-2000, CHAIR, Foreign Language Department, Hiram College
  • 1993-1998, ASSISTANT PROFESSOR, French, Foreign Language Department, Hiram College, Hiram, Ohio.
  • 1995-2001, DIRECTOR, English as a Second Language Program, Hiram College, Hiram, Ohio.
  • 1989-93, VISITING ASSISTANT PROFESSOR, French, Department of Modern Languages, Union College, Schenectady, New York.
  • 1986-87, COORDINATOR for 1987 Humanities Symposium, "The Educated Citizen and the University of the Future." College of Humanities, The Ohio State University.
  • 1982-83, TEACHER, Delaware County Association of Gifted Children, Muncie, Indiana. Beginning French.
  • 1981-82, LECTURER, Department of English, Université de Nancy II, Nancy, France.
  • COORDINATOR, Cucès-Université Nancy, France. Intensive English Weekend Workshops for French students.


  • "Survey of Faculty Opinion About the University of the Future," co-authored with Richard Bjornson, The University of the Future: Problems and Prospects. Columbus: Center for Comparative Studies in the Humanities, The Ohio State University, 1990, p. 129-140.
  • Reviews: Williams, Jessica. Teaching Writing in Second and Foreign Language Classrooms. New York: McGraw Hill, 2005. Modern Language Journal, Vol. 91 (Spring 2007) 136-137.
  • Offord, Malcolm, Nicki Hatchcott, Sam Haigh, Laila Ibnlfassi, & Rosemary Chapman.(Eds.). Francophone Literatures: A Literary and Linguistic Companion. Modern Language Journal, Vol. 87, No. 1, 2003.

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