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Sandra Trapani

Sandra TrapaniSandy Trapani is a Teaching Professor in French and Chair of the Department of Language and Cultural Studies.  She joined the department in 1994.   

After earning her MA in French Literature from the University of Missouri- Columbia, Sandy completed further graduate coursework at the Université Catholique de l’Ouest in Angers, France. 

She teaches language, culture, and literature courses and directs the French Summer Language Program in Strasbourg, France.  As a proponent of experiential learning, Sandy has developed service learning courses and immersion weekends in addition to the short-term study abroad program.   With a strong interest in language pedagogy, she has presented at numerous national and regional conferences on curriculum design and language program development and articulation.  Her courses often integrate film and technology as a part of the language acquisition process. 

In addition to teaching, Sandy is a certified OPIc rater for Language Testing International and frequently works with textbook publishers as a reviewer and consultant.   She has enjoyed helping shape the future of language teaching materials through her work as a Subject Matter Expert in French for McGraw Hill and a World Language Development Partner for Cengage Learning.