Professor of Foreign Languages and Literatures

ASB 266


  • B.A. – Luther College
  • M.A. – University of Chicago
  • Ph.D. – University of Chicago


Professor Duvick received her bachelor of arts from Luther College with majors in French and linguistics. She received a Fulbright Fellowship for study of dialectology at the University of Neuchâtel in Switzerland. She earned her master of arts and Ph.D. in French from the University of Chicago and completed a year of dissertation research in Paris with the aid of a Fulbright Fellowship. Before coming to Valparaiso University, she taught at Concordia College (Moorhead, Minnesota).


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 as 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.

On campus, Professor Duvick served as chair of the foreign languages and literatures department for twelve years. She currently serves as chair of the Valparaiso University Faculty Senate.

Courses Taught

  • French Texts and Society: From the Revolution to the Fifth Republic
  • Contemporary France
  • Francophone African Literature
  • Intermediate French
  • French Composition and Conversation
  • French Phonetics
  • Senior Seminar: French-US Relations


  • American Association of Teachers of French
  • Nineteenth-Century French Studies Colloquium
  • American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages
  • Indiana Foreign Language Teachers Association
  • Women in French


  • AATF Indiana French Teacher of the Year (Collegiate)
  • Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Palmes Académiques
  • Thrivent Fellow


  • 19th-Century French Literature
  • French in North American Midwest
  • French-Language Pedagogy
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