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Jean-Louis Hippolyte

Ph.D. French Literature, University of Colorado at Boulder. 

M.A. French Literature. University of Colorado at Boulder.

Maîtrise de Lettres et Civilisation Anglo-Saxonnes, Université Michel de Montaigne, France.

Dr. Hippolyte is also affiliated with the Graduate French Program in New Brunswick.



Norman Ellman
A.B., Dartmouth; M.A., Pennsylvania


Alicia Porter

B.A., Lycoming College


Sharon Verdeur

B.S., U. of Delaware


Faculty profiles


Jean-Louis Hippolyte holds a M.A. and a Ph.D. from the University of Colorado. His area of specialization is is 20th Century and 21st Century French literature and culture. His teaching interests include French language and culture, contemporary literature and criticism; French and global media; the intersection of discourses in the humanities and the sciences, notably chaos theory and fuzzy logic; fantasy and science-fiction; popular culture and literature; the writing of otherness as well as the emergence of new genres and media in France and in the world, and their relation to the canon.

His book on contemporary French literature entitled Fuzzy Fiction (University of Nebraska Press) was published in December 2006 and Septième Art (a textbook on French cinema) was published in January 2007 by Heinle. Fuzzy Fiction has been nominated for the Laurence Wylie Prize in French Cultural Studies sponsored by the Association for French Cultural Studies (AFCS) and for the Aldo & Jeanne Scaglione Prize for French and Francophone Literary Studies sponsored by the Modern Language Association (MLA). Fuzzy Fiction has also been published on paperback and is available in electronic format (ebook) on the Barnes&Noble website.

He is the organizer of Philadelphia’s largest French culture and conversation group (French Café).


Norman Ellman holds an A.B. from Dartmouth, and an M.A. from the University of Pennsylvania, where he has also pursued further graduate study in French. He has taught on a part-time basis at Rutgers, Camden, almost every semester since 1981 and in summer school. He has also taught regularly at Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia and at the University of Pennsylvania and has served on the faculty of a study abroad program in Strasbourg. He usually offers courses in the first two years of language study, but he has also given advanced language courses and a course on the French short story in English translation.

Alicia Porter studied French and Creative Writing at Lycoming College as well as French language and literature with the CUEF at l’Université Stendhal in Grenoble, France. Before working in higher education in America, she taught English for the Ministry of National Education in Lyon and spent summers in the Languedoc-Roussillon region. She has taught beginner and intermediate levels at Drexel University, the University of Pennsylvania, and the Alliance Française of Philadelphia. Her areas of interest include global education, second language acquisition, contemporary French culture, and rural life in French and Francophone literature.

Sharon Verdeur holds a B.S. in French Education from the University of Delaware.  She was the recipient of the Governor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching and was also selected for Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers.  While her extensive career experience lies in teaching French at the middle school level, Sharon has also taught French in elementary and high school, as well as in the private sector.  She has also written curriculum in accordance with the Common Core Standards and traveled abroad with students.  Sharon is thrilled to continue her professional career at Rutgers University, and strives to inspire her students to love the French language and culture.