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Kathryn M. Lorenz

Title: Educator Professor
Office: 726B Old Chemistry Building
Tel: 513-556-1845
Email: kathryn.lorenz@uc.edu

Kathryn Lorenz is an Educator Professor of French in the Romance Languages and Literatures Department of the University of Cincinnati.   She specializes in Medieval French Literature and also teaches a variety of courses such as Reading French for Graduate Students, Basic French language and a course on Paris.
In addition to her work at the University, Kathryn also serves on the Loveland City School District Board of Education and the Great Oaks Institute of Technology and Career Development Board of Directors.

Education

  • PhD, University of Cincinnati, 1991.
  • MA, French, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado, 1973 (French Secondary Education).
  • BA, Ursinus College, Collegeville, PA, 1971 (French Secondary Education).

Research Information

Research Interests

The main focus of an Educator Professor is teaching and pedagogy.  Kathryn Lorenz also engages in research, with particular interest in Medieval Literature and the connection to that literature found in the Harry Potter novels.  In addition, she participates in presentations concerning language teaching with a particular interest in distance learning.

Research Support

  • Jennifer Kelley-Thierman, German Studies and Nuria Lopez-Ortega, Romance Languages, Jump Start Grant, University of Cincinnati. $3000. 2005.
  • Success Challenge Grant, University of Cincinnati. $9000+. 2002.
  • Faculty Development Grant, University of Cincinnati. $4000. 2000.
  • NEH Summer Seminar, University of Cincinnati. 1990.
  • Taft Fellow, University of Cincinnati. $10,000. 1985 to 1987.
  • Research Grants for structural studies of Welsh tales and computer study of the Lais of Marie de France, University of Cincinnati . 1985 to 1986.
  • Grants from the offices of the President, Provost and Graduate School Dean for the Cincinnati Conference on Romance Languages and Literatures, University of Cincinnati. 1985.

Publications

Peer Reviewed Publications

  • "The Harry Potter Stories and French Arthurian Romance." with Heather Arden.  Arthuriana 13.2, Summer 2003: 54-68.
  • "Intermediate Conversation and composition courses: What Makes Them successful?"  Foreign Language Annals 28.2 (Summer 1995):274-285 (With Davidheiser and olson)

Invited Publication

  • "The Ambiguity of the Outsider in the Harry Potter Stories and Beyond". Proceedings of the Conference on the Image of the Outsider in Literature, Media, and Society.  Society for the Interdisciplinary Study of Social Imagery,  Ed. by Will Wright and Steven Kaplan. (2002): 430-434.

Review

  • Dans un quartier de Paris software review.  Modern Language Journal, 85.1 (Spring 2001):158-9.
  • Review Paroles, Magnan.  Modern Language Journal, 84.3 (Fall 2000): 457-8.

Teaching and Resource Materials

  • Instructor Resource Manual, Points de Départ, 2nd edition, Pearson Publications, January 2012.
  • Testing Program, Paroles, 3rd edition, John Wiley and Sons, 2005
  • Internet Activities and Tutorials, Bravo, 5th edition, Heinle and Heinle, 2004.  Ancillary to Bravo text series.

Presentations & Lectures

Invited Presentations

  • Kathryn Lorenz (03-2006). Paris Today and Tomorrow Ohio Foreign Language Association Conference, Toledo, Ohio.
  • Lorenz, Kathryn (11/09/2010). Faculty Hours ACTFL Annual Conference, Boston, MA.
  • UC International (2010). Best Practices in Study Abroad University of Cincinnati.

Paper Presentations

  • (05-2008). The Completeness of Arthurian reference in Harry Potter. International Medieval Congress, Kalamazoo, MI.
  • (04-2008). How to Bridge the Culture Chasm. OFLA Conference, Cincinnati, OH.
  • (03-2006). Paris Today and Tomorrow. OFLA Conference, Toledo, OH.
  • (07-2005). From Perceval to Potter: Sheltered Youth Seeking Answers. International Medieval Congress, Leeds, England, UK.
  • (03-2005). Paris Today and Tomorrow and Foreign Language Articulation. Central States Conference, Columbus, OH.
  • (05-2010). Online French and Spanish Courses. Cincinnati Conference on Languages and Literatures, University of Cincinnati.
  • (11-2008). Online Language Learning. ACTFL Annual Conference, Orlando, Florida.

Symposium

  • Kathryn Lorenz (BAD DATE). Study Tour Course Redesign Institute. CET & L Faculty Development, University of Cincinnati. UC. Level: University.
  • (BAD DATE). New York Times Schools for Tomorrow. New York City. Conference. Level: National.

Honors & Awards

  • Ed Allen Distinguished Language Teacher, 2000. Awarded by Ohio Foreign Language Association.
  • Distinguished Adjunct Award, 1998. Awarded by McMicken College of Arts and Sciences.
  • Darwin Turner Scholarship Breakfast of Champions, 2012. Honored as a Champion by the students holding Darwin T Turner scholarships.
  • Distinguished Teaching Award, UC Honors Scholars College, 2012. Honor awarded by UC Honors Scholars students as the Distinguished Teacher of the 2011-2012 academic year..

Experience & Service

Work Experience

  • 2004 to 2012, Educator Associate Professor, University of Cincinnati, Clifton Campus.
  • 2004 to 2013, Director, Curriculum, University of Cincinnati, Clifton Campus.
  • 2009 to 2013, Director, Language Instruction, University of Cincinnati, Clifton Campus.
  • 2008 to 2013, Faculty Advisor, Pearson Publishing.
  • 2012 to 2017, Educator Professor, French, University of Cincinnati, Clifton Campus.
  • 2013 to 2014, Mentor,.
  • 2013 to 2014, Mentor,.

Post Graduate training and Education

  • 1986, Aberystwyth Celtic Summer School, University College of Wales, Aberystwyth, Wales.

Events Organized

  • Workshop. Teaching World Languages (BAD DATE, University of Cincinnati.

Service

  • Elected Member, Loveland City School Board of Education 1991 to 2015
  • Elected Member, Great Oaks Institute of Technology and Career Development Board of Directors, 2001 to 2016
  • Member, Ohio Education Funding Advisory Council 2010 to 2011
  • Member, University of Cincinnati Department of Romance Languages and Literatures Policy and Curriculum Committee, 2008 to 2014
  • Member, University of Cincinnati Department of Romance Languages and Literatures Basic Language Committee, 2010 to 2011
  • Member, University of Cincinnati McMicken College Distance Learning Committee, 2006 to 2011
  • Member, University of Cincinnati Provost's Office Part-time Faculty Committee, 2002 to 2012
  • Representative, University of Cincinnati McMicken College Prospective Student Presentation, 2008 to 2011
  • Committee Member, Faculty Senate, University of Cincinnati Governance and Policy, 2011 to 2012
  • Committee Member, University Branding Committee, 2013 to 2015

Other Experience and Professional Memberships

  • 1995 to 2014 ,Member, American Association of Teachers of French,
  • 1998 to 2014 ,Member, American Association of University Language Supervisors and Coordinators,
  • 1991 to 2014 ,Member, American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages,
  • 1994 to 2014 ,Member, International Arthurian Society, North American Branch,
  • 1994 to 2014 ,Member, Ohio Foreign Language Association,
  • 1991 to 2014 ,Member, Ohio School Boards Association,
  • 1996 to 2014 ,Member, International Marie de France Society,
  • 2000 to 2014 ,Member, National School Boards Association,

Courses Taught

  • 15FREN898
    15FREN898
    Level: Graduate
    Term: 11W
    Comments: Second quarter of graduate course offered for various colleges and areas, including English, History, and CCM.
  • 15-FREN-188 FRENCH LIT TRANS
    Level: Undergraduate
    Term: 11W
    Comments: This course introduces students to major works of the French literary corpus in English translation. Students make connections between works and with other world literatures.
  • 15-FREN-468 CONTEMPORARY PARIS
    Level: Undergraduate
    Term: 11W

  • 15-FREN-899 READING FRENCH III
    Level: Graduate
    Term: 11S

  • 15-FREN-180 WORLD CULT:FRENCH
    Level: Undergraduate
    Term: 11A

  • 15-FREN-897 READING FRENCH I
    Level: Graduate
    Term: 11A

  • 15-SWLC-751 LANG TEACH METHODS
    Level: Graduate
    Term: 11A

  • 15-FREN-468H CONTEMPORARY PARIS
    Level: Undergraduate
    Term: 12W
    Comments: This regular Contemporary Paris course has been reworked as an Honors Seminar and includes a Study Tour to Paris.
  • 15-FREN-181 WORLD CULT:FRENCH
    Level: Undergraduate
    Term: 12W

  • Reading French for Graduate Students
    Reading French for Graduate Students
    Level: Graduate
    Term: 12W

  • 15-FREN-181 WORLD CULT:FRENCH
    Level: Undergraduate
    Term: 12W

  • 15-FREN-899 READING FRENCH III
    Level: Graduate
    Term: 12S

  • 15-FREN-188 FRENCH LIT TRANS
    Level: Undergraduate
    Term: 12S

  • 15-SWLC-100 EXPLORING LANG/CULT
    Level: Undergraduate
    Term: 12S
    Comments: Course taught in collaboration with various language instructors.
  • Basic French Extended
    Basic French Extended
    Term: 12FS

  • Reading French for Graduate Students
    Reading French for Graduate Students
    Level: Graduate
    Term: 12FS

  • Reading French for Graduate Students
    Reading French for Graduate Students
    Level: Graduate
    Term: 13SS

  • Francophone World Cultures
    Francophone World Cultures
    Level: Undergraduate
    Term: 13SS

  • Paris Gothic to Contemporary
    Paris Gothic to Contemporary
    Level: Undergraduate
    Term: 13SS

  • Extended Basic French
    Extended Basic French
    Level: Undergraduate
    Term: 13FS

  • Reading French for Graduate Students
    Reading French for Graduate Students
    Level: Graduate
    Term: 13FS

  • Introduction to Languages and Cultures
    Introduction to Languages and Cultures
    Level: Undergraduate
    Term: 13FS
    Comments: This course is taught alternately by an RLL faculty member or a German Studies faculty member and introduces students to all world languages taught at UC.