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Sacramento State Faculty

Dr. Vanessa Arnaud

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Contact Information

Name: Dr. Vanessa Arnaud - Faculty Web Page - Foreign Languages Department

Title: Dr. Vanessa Arnaud (PhD, UCLA) Lecturer of French & Honors Program


Office Phone: (916) 278-5379

Mailing Address:

California State University, Sacramento Department of Foreign Languages 6000 J Street Sacramento, CA 95819-6087

Office Hours: Spring 2015: Fridays 12-1PM and by appt - please email

Courses Taught

French (See SacCT for course syllabi)

  • French 1A and 1B: Elementary French
  • French 2B: Intermediate French
  • French 103: Advanced French Composition
  • French 107: Business French
  • French 120: French Civilization
  • French 130: Culture Wars: From Knighthood to Revolution
  • French 199: Special Problems

Humanities and Religious Studies

  • HRS 132: Renaissance 


  • Honors 1: Education, Self-Examination and Living
  • Honors 103: Civic Engagement, Service Learning: Pursuing the Public Good

Foreign Languages

  • Foreign Languages 21: First Year Seminar: Becoming an Educated Person

Recent Film Project

OFF-TRACK: A Behind the Scenes Look at Prostitution

This film seeks to inform and raise awareness of prostitution in our local community of Sacramento.  It is the result of collaboration between the General Education Honors ProgramCommunity Against Sexual Harm, and Take 1 Productions. It was made possible with the support from Cal Humanities, an independent non-profit state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities.  For more information, visit

Publications and Presentations

Selected Publications:

“Strengthening Your Personal Development through Community Engagement.” First Year Seminar: Perspective and Empowerment.  Mason Ohio: Cengage Learning, 2009. 137-142.

“Gossip as Surveillance in Molière’s Le Misanthrope.”  Papers on French Seventeenth-Century Literature.  29.57 (2002): 407-416.

Recent Presentations:

“Course Design and e-Portfolio Assessment: Getting at the ‘complex stuff’ students learn.” Center for Teaching and Learning, Sacramento State, March 1, 2012.

“How Do We Know?: Evidence-based Strategies for the Sacramento State First Year Experience” with Vickii Castillon, Student Affairs, Sacramento State, First Year Experience Convocation, August 24, 2011.

“Engaging Students: Active Learning Strategies and High Impact Practices” presented with Dr. Mark Stoner. Summer Teaching Institute, Sacramento State, Summer 2011.

“Service Learning Pedagogy in the Undergraduate Curriculum.” Modern Language Association Convention, Los Angeles, January 8, 2011.

Web Project

A Voyage Through Time: French films, images, music and activities (for intermediate French learners)


Professor Helps Honors Students Make Connections (2013)

Faculty Profile: Professor Puts Her Stamp on Honors Program (2012)

Program to Foster International Understanding (2011)

FOCUS: One Book (2008)