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Institute Faculty and Staff

Institute Faculty and Staff

The Director

RayRaymond J. Pelletier is Associate Director of the Canadian-American Center and Associate Professor of French in the Department of Modern Languages and Classics at the University of Maine. He earned an A.B from Providence College, an M.A. from Michigan State University, and a Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts/Amherst.  His research and teaching interests are in 18th Century French Literature, the North American French Novel, Pedagogy of Language Teaching, and Franco-American Culture. His most recent work is a translation of the Canadian-American Center’s Champlain map entitled They Would Not Take Me There. Pelletier led five institutes on Acadia and Québec for teachers of French in the past ten years. Recently, he has been recognized by the Association for Canadian Studies in the United States (20/20 Vision Award), the Foreign Language Association Maine (The Richard Williamson Award for Leadership in Foreign Languages), and the Graduate School of the University of Maine (Graduate Mentoring Award) and the American Council for Québec Studies (Distinguished Service Award) for which he served as Vice-President and President and from which he recently retired as Executive Director. He concludes 34 years of teaching at the University of Maine on August 31 of this year.

The Staff

2888_607960445289_2526998_nDanielle Beaupré received her Master of Arts in French with a concentration in North American French Studies from the University of Maine in 2011. She also holds a Master of Arts in English with a concentration in creative writing also from the University of Maine. She is currently an adjunct professor in French at Maine Maritime Academy and the Secretariat for the American Council for Québec Studies. Her primary areas of creative work and study include the Acadian novel, Franco-American studies, lyric poetry, experimental fiction, and poetry translation.


947215_10201065657831837_1526015157_nElisa Sance first came to Maine in 2011 as a French TA in Farmington and came back the following year to start her Master’s degree in North American French at UMaine. She studied International Business and Languages and Archival Sciences in France, where she is originally from, and is currently working on the evolution of Acadian identity in song for her master’s thesis. She will be driving the third vehicle for the Institute.


HilaryHilary Hanscom is currently in her final semester of the M.A.T. in French program at the University of Maine. She attended the University of Maine at Orono and graduated with a B.A. in French last year, in August of 2012. She studied abroad in France (Bretagne region) and in Nova Scotia (at Université Sainte-Anne, in Point-de-l’Eglise). Once this course has ended she will be moving to Massachusetts and starting a position as an ESL tutor in Lawrence, MA. She will be driving Van 2 for the Institute.

Guest Lectures

Lise Pelletier: Coming soon.

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