Faculty Profile

Prof. Randa Duvick, Ph.D.

Professor of French

Arts and Sciences, ASB 261


Ph.D. - University of Chicago
B.A. - Luther College

Professor Duvick's most recent research involves the French-Canadian fur trader Joseph Bailly de Messein and the history of French traders and soldiers in Indiana in the 17th and 18th centuries. She has translated a volume of the fur-trade account books of Bailly (1774-1832) and has published on the history of the French presence in what is now the U.S. Midwest, including Indiana, Michigan, Wisconsin, and Illinois. She has also published and presented on the fiction of Guy de Maupassant and the poetry of Arthur Rimbaud.
Professor Duvick is active in professional organizations, including serving the American Association of Teachers of French as Chapter President and Regional Representative on the national Executive Council.  In 2015 she became President of the Indiana Foreign Language Teachers Association.  She has given many presentations on varied aspects of the teaching of French, including how to incorporate cultural material from Francophone Africa, the use of role-play simulations, the use of wikis, and “flipping” the foreign-language classroom.

In 2009, she was decorated as Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Palmes Académiques, an award presented by the French government for work in the service of French culture.

On campus, Professor Duvick served as Chair of the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures for twelve years.  She currently serves as Chair of the Valparaiso University Faculty Senate.


She has taught a wide variety of courses at Valparaiso University, including an introduction to Francophone African literatures, a course on Contemporary France, and a senior seminar on French-US relations.  She has coordinated correspondence projects between her students and students in Burkina Faso and Senegal, including Skype sessions, creation of wikis, and letter-writing. 

Recent courses taught include:

• Intermediate French
• French Phonetics
• French Texts & Society: Romanticism to the Fifth Republic
• Contemporary France