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Gillian Weatherley

Department of French and Italian
Second-Year Language Coordinator
Primary office:
Wescoe Hall, 2061
University of Kansas
1445 Jayhawk Blvd
Lawrence, KS 66045


PhD, MA, French, University of Kansas

Post Graduate Certificate of Education, French and Spanish, Napier University, Edinburgh

BA, French, University College London


Gillian Weatherley is the 200-level French Language coordinator at the University of Kansas. She completed her PhD at this university, in seventeenth-century short stories, exploring several authors’ approaches to cultural identity and the desire to change these designations. She teaches language courses in the department of French. Gillian has taught French and Spanish in various countries, and enjoys helping students master the intricacies of language, as well as cultural aspects, and literature.

Recent and Selected Publications

“Avatars of Gendered Societal Constructs in Seventeenth-Century Contes de fées”. Diss. University of Kansas, 2014.  UMI 13274

With Paul Scott, “Charles Perrault,” The Literary Encyclopedia, August 2013.

Recent Undergraduate Courses Taught

Elementary French I

Elementary French II

Intermediate French I & II

Intermediate French I

Intermediate French II

Intermediate French II (Honors)

Intensive Review of French Grammar

Intermediate French Conversation

French for Reading Knowledge

Areas of Interest

 Seventeenth Century Literature, Fairy Tales.

Second Language Acquisition, Best Teaching Practices.



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The School of Languages & Cultures serves as a gateway to understanding the diversity of the world, through learning languages, literatures, and cultures, past and present. Through its research and teaching, the SLLC offers students opportunities for deep engagement with a wide range of languages, literatures, and cultures that provide the knowledge and skills to interact with and understand the world. The faculty and students who teach, research, and learn in the SLLC consider issues of diversity fundamental to all of our work. The study of others' languages, literatures, and cultures enables us to develop deep empathy and perspective informs the way that we approach issues before us, whether on a personal, local, regional, national, or global scale. Therefore take it as axiomatic that the SLLC stands for a campus that is committed to the meaningful sharing, contemplation, and discussion of ideas that emerge from multiple cultural perspectives and experiences. We continually rededicate ourselves to the principle of diversity. We strive to create an atmosphere where all students and faculty feel comfortable and welcome to express their views as well as work together to solve conflict. Further, we view our mission as a center of diversity on a flagship campus as requiring us to lead by example.

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