Faculty and Staff

Elizabeth Smith Rousselle:
Elizabeth Smith Rousselle is Assistant Professor of Spanish and French in the department of languages.  She began teaching at Xavier in the fall of 1998, just after receiving her Ph.D. in nineteenth-century Spanish literature from Tulane University.  She obtained her M.A. in French from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2001 and her B.A. in French and psychology from Smith College in 1991.  She participated in Teach for America from 1991-1993 as a high school teacher of Spanish and French in Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana.  Any Xavier students who are interested in Teach for America should contact Dr. Rousselle at / 520-5115 or visit her office, 553 library, for more information.

Dr. Rousselle’s research interests include nineteenth-century Spanish and French literature and psychoanalytic and feminist interpretations of modern Spanish and Latin American literature.  She has published articles in Hispanic Journal, Crítica Hispánica, and Letras Peninsulares and has presented papers at literature and women’s studies conferences around the country.  She is currently at work on an anthology of Spanish women writers from Roman Spain to the present with Dr. Ingrid Martínez-Rico of Florida Gulf Coast University.  This anthology will target advanced undergraduate Spanish majors by tracing socio-historic contexts and including vocabulary footnotes and author biographies of Spanish women writers of prose, poetry, and drama.

Dr. Rousselle serves the New Orleans community by volunteering at the Jewish Community Center’s Alzheimer’s Care and Enrichment Program and the YMCA Education Services Literacy Program.  On Xavier’s campus, she is the advisor to the Xavier Habitat for Humanity chapter and a recruiter of Xavier students for Teach for America.  She has formed an ad hoc committee of professors and staff across the campus to help secure external funds for a women’s resource center and women’s studies minor program.

Dr. Rousselle teaches Spanish language and literature courses and French language and conversation courses.  Her language courses utilize the communicative approach and incorporate authentic materials and group work.  She encourages her language students to reinforce their language skills by attending all classes, completing all homework, and exposing themselves to Spanish on the internet, radio, and TV.  Her literature courses stress hard work and practice as well, with frequent reading and writing assignments which complement active class participation.  Dr. Rousselle thoroughly enjoys her multi-faceted job at Xavier where she can exercise the vocations of teacher, researcher, volunteer, and lifelong learner. 

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