- BA, MA, Ph.D. (Ohio State University)
First Year at Xavier University:
17th and 18th century French Literature, French Drama, French Women's Literature, Pedagogy
Jo Ann M. Recker, S.N.D. de N., professor and chair of the Department of Modern Languages at Xavier University, Cincinnati, received her doctorate in Romance Languages and Literatures from The Ohio State University. In addition to co-authoring the college-level French text, "Situations et Contextes", she has also had published a monograph on the 17th-century writer, Madame de Sévigné, entitled "Appelle-moi Pierrot": Wit and Irony in the Letters of Madame de Sévigné as well as two books on the co-foundress of the Sisters of Notre Dame, Françoise Blin de Bourdon: Woman of Influence (Paulist Press) and “Très affectueusement, votre mère en Dieu”: Françoise Blin – French Aristocrat, Belgian Citizen, Co-Foundress of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur (1756-1838)(Peter Lang). She has given a number of presentations on the value of foreign-language learning, on foreign-language teaching strategies, on literary as well as spiritual topics such as Christian friendship. She is a trained spiritual director and a member of many professional organizations including the Modern Language Association, the Midwest Modern Language Association, the American Association of Teachers of French, the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, and the Ohio Foreign Language Association, for which she served on the executive board. In 1993, she was named the Xavier's Bishop Fenwick Teacher of the Year and, in 1991, she was recipient of the Ohio Foreign Language Association's Professional Publications Award.