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Catherine L White

Title: Associate Professor Educator and Coordinator of Basic French Program
Office: 719B Old Chemistry Building
Tel: 513-556-4528
Email: catherine.white@uc.edu

Associate Professor - Educator and Coordinator of Basic French Program.
Dr. White's primary research area is in French and Francophone cinema. She was a member of the founding committee for the first certificate in film and media studies in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Cincinnati. She teaches courses in French film to majors and minors in the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, and as an A&S freshman seminar in contemporary French and Francophone cinema, "France Goes To The Movies." She publishes, presents and organizes panels on French and Francophone film. Her interest in film as an artifact of social relevance as well as through the field of film studies, combines with students' love of and fascination with international cinema, French and francophone cultures and language.

As Coordinator of the basic French program, Dr. White trains and supervises Graduate Teaching Assistants in French, prepares testing and other pedagogical materials and synchronizes extracurricular tutorials and activities for basic French students. She is happy that French and Francophone films also play an important role in the Basic French Curriculum.


Education:

Ph.D. in Romance Languages & Literatures, University of Cincinnati, 2003
Graduate Certificate in Women’s Studies, University of Cincinnati, 1999
M.A. in French Literature, University of Cincinnati, 1998
B.A. in French and Comparative Literature, Indiana University, 1978

Dissertation title: "The Influence of Religious Faith on Christine de Pizan's Defense of Women"

Current areas of teaching and research: Foreign language acquisition; French and Francophone film studies. 

Other Work Experience: Three years in advertising, Paris and New York.
Ten years in theatre, New York City.

 

Education

  • PhD, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio, 2003 (Romance Languages and Literatures: concentration in women's studies and late medieval studies. Dissertation: "The Influence of Religious Faith on Christine de Pizan's Defense of Women." ).
  • M.A., University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio, 1998 (French literature).
  • Graduate Certificate in Women’s Studies, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio, 1999.
  • B.A. in French, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, 1978.

Research Information

Research Interests

Dr. White's primary research area is in French and Francophone cinema. She was a member of the founding committee for the first certificate in film and media studies in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Cincinnati. She teaches courses in French film to majors and minors in the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, and as an A&S freshman seminar in contemporary French and Francophone cinema, "France Goes To The Movies." She publishes, presents and organizes panels on French and Francophone film. Her interest in film as an artifact of social relevance as well as through the field of film studies, combines with students' love of and fascination with international cinema, French and francophone cultures and language.

As Coordinator of the basic French program, Dr. White trains and supervises Graduate Teaching Assistants in French, prepares testing and other pedagogical materials and synchronizes extracurricular tutorials and activities for basic French students. She is happy that French and Francophone films also play an important role in the Basic French Curriculum.

 

Medieval research: Religious influences in the works of Christine de Pizan.

Contemporary French and francophone cinema.

Publications

Presentations & Lectures

Paper Presentations

  • Catherine L. White « Transforming the Literary ‘I’ Into the Cinematic Eye in Julian Schnabel's Adaptation of "Le Scaphandre et le Papillon.".
  • Dr. Catherine L. White Julian Schnabel's "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly.", Valentine House.
  • Catherine L. White (05/12/2005). Christine de Pizan's "Epitre au dieu d'amour: Faith in God, Faith in Women.". Cincinnati Conference on Romance Languages and Literatures, University of Cincinnati.

Symposium

  • McGraw Hill Education (03/16/2013). World Languages Symposium. Indianapolis, Indiana. Professional Meeting. Level: Regional.

Honors & Awards

  • Darwin T. Turner Scholarship Award, 04-2012 to 04-2012. Nominated by a student in my spring quarter 2012 French 251 course, for inspirational teaching..
  • DARS award, Taft Center, BAD DATE to BAD DATE. I received a small grant for the purpose of purchasing French and Francophone films on DVD for my Freshman Seminar, "France Goes To The Movies." This course will be taught in January 2014. The films will be held in the French cinema collection of the Language Resource Center..

Experience & Service

Work Experience

  • 2003Coordinator of Basic French Program, University of Cincinnati, Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, Cincinnati, Ohio.
  • 2003Field Service Assistant Professor, University of Cincinnati, Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, Cincinnati, Ohio.
  • 2011Associate Professor - Educator , University of Cincinnati, Department of Romance Languages and Literatures.

Events Organized

  • Conference. Planning and Organization of French and Italian Film Panel (BAD DATE to BAD DATE) , Department of Romance Languages.

Service

  • Committee Member, Undergraduate Studies Committee, 09-2010 to 05-2011
  • Committee Member, Basic Language Committee, 09-2010 to 05-2011
  • Committee Member, Basic Language Committee, 03-2010 to 06-2010
  • Committee Member, Basic Language Committee, 01-2010 to 03-2010
  • Reviewer, Romance Languages Italian Club 03-2010 to 03-2010
  • Outside Reviewer, DAAP 03-2010 to 03-2010
  • Committee Member, Basic Language Committee, 01-2011 to 12-2011
  • Committee Member, Undergraduate Services Committee, 01-2011 to 12-2011
  • Member, Merit Raise Appeals Committee, 01-2011 to 12-2011
  • Faculty Sponsor, La Table Française (The French Table) 01-2011 to 12-2011
  • Faculty Sponsor, La Table Française (The French Table) 01-2011 to 12-2011
  • Faculty Sponsor, La Table Française 09-2012 to 12-2012
  • Committee Member, Undergraduate Committee, 03-2012 to 06-2012
  • Committee Member, Undergraduate Committee, 09-2012 to 12-2012
  • Committee Member, Basic Language Committee, 03-2012 to 06-2012
  • Committee Member, Basic Language Committee, 09-2012 to 12-2012
  • Committee Chair, Basic French Textbook Review Committee, 10-2012 to 04-2013
  • Faculty Sponsor, French Club 08/26/2013 to 04/25/2014
  • Member, College of Arts and Sciences Faculty Senate 08/26/2013 to 04/25/2014
  • Faculty Sponsor, French Club: UC Student Organization 04-2013 to 12-2013
  • Faculty Sponsor, French Table 01-2013 to 04-2013
  • Committee Chair, Basic Language Committee, 01-2013 to 12-2013
  • Committee Member, Undergraduate Studies Committee, 01-2013 to 12-2013
  • Member, College of Arts and Sciences Faculty Senate 02-2013 to 12-2013

Courses Taught

  • 15-FREN-102 BASIC FRENCH II
    Term: 10W

  • 15-FREN-112 EXT BASIC FRENCH 2
    Level: Undergraduate
    Term: 10W

  • French Practicum
    French Practicum
    Level: Graduate
    Term: 10W

  • 15-FREN-103 BASIC FRENCH III
    Level: Undergraduate
    Term: 10S

  • 15-FREN-113 EXT BASIC FRENCH 3
    Level: Undergraduate
    Term: 10S

  • 15-FREN-703 FRENCH PRACTICUM
    Level: Graduate
    Term: 10S

  • 15-FREN-101 BASIC FRENCH I
    Level: Undergraduate
    Term: 10A

  • 15-FREN-251 COMP AND CONV
    Level: Undergraduate
    Term: 10A

  • 15-FREN-701 FRENCH PRACTICUM
    Level: Graduate
    Term: 10A

  • RLL Graduate Orientation
    RLL Graduate Orientation
    Level: Graduate
    Term: 10U

  • SWLC Freshman Seminar
    Level: Undergraduate
    Term: 10A
    Comments: This was a course taught to Freshman in the School for World Languages and Cultures. Each class is taught by a different language professor. I taught the French session.
  • Freshman Seminar
    Level: Undergraduate
    Term: 10S
    Comments: The Freshman Seminar was offered once per academic year to incoming freshmen, by the School for World Languages and Cultures. Each class was taught by a different language instructor.
  • French Culture Through Film
    French Culture Through Film
    Level: Undergraduate
    Term: 11A
    Comments: This course treats French and Francophone cinema from the 1930's to the present day.
  • 15-FREN-101 BASIC FRENCH I
    Level: Undergraduate
    Term: 11A

  • 15-FREN-701 FRENCH PRACTICUM
    Level: Graduate
    Term: 11A

  • 15-FREN-103 BASIC FRENCH III
    Level: Undergraduate
    Term: 11S

  • 15-FREN-703 FRENCH PRACTICUM
    Level: Graduate
    Term: 11S

  • 15-FREN-113 EXT BASIC FRENCH 3
    Level: Undergraduate
    Term: 11S

  • 15-FREN-102 BASIC FRENCH II
    Level: Undergraduate
    Term: 12W

  • 15-FREN-701 FRENCH PRACTICUM
    Level: Graduate
    Term: 12W

  • 15-FREN-252 COMP AND CONV
    Level: Undergraduate
    Term: 12W

  • 15-FREN-103 BASIC FRENCH III
    Level: Undergraduate
    Term: 12S

  • 15-FREN-703 FRENCH PRACTICUM
    Level: Graduate
    Term: 12S

  • 15-FREN-251 COMP AND CONV
    Level: Undergraduate
    Term: 12S

  • Basic French I
    Basic French I
    Level: Undergraduate
    Term: 12FS

  • French Culture through Film
    French Culture through Film
    Level: Undergraduate
    Term: 12FS

  • French Practicum
    French Practicum
    Level: Graduate
    Term: 12FS

  • French Composition and Conversation
    French Composition and Conversation
    Level: Undergraduate
    Term: 13US

  • Basic French I I
    Basic French I I
    Level: Undergraduate
    Term: 13SS

  • French Practicum
    French Practicum
    Level: Graduate
    Term: 13SS

  • Extended Basic French 1
    Extended Basic French 1
    Term: 13FS

  • Basic French I On-Line
    Basic French I On-Line
    Term: 13FS

  • French Practicum
    French Practicum
    Term: 13FS

Additional Information

In fall semester of 2012, I proposed a new course which was accepted by my section and my department. Beginning in spring semester 2014, I will teach a new freshman seminar entitled "France Goes To The Movies." This course will expose new students to a variety of French cinema. We will study the origins of French film in the 1880&39;s and 1890&39;s, beginning with the Lumière brothers and George Méliès, through the silent film era, leading up to the present, where students will watch films that French filmgoers enjoy. Students will learn some of the basic tenets of film studies, while enjoying modern French-language films. They will write a 10-page final paper, analyzing and discussing a film of their choice.