Department Resources

Reach out to Matt Lang with questions re: policy, scheduling, or administration.

Reach out to Jennifer Illes with questions re: travel and purchasing.

Reach out to Christiana Whitesel with questions re: pay or HR.

Reach out to Elizabeth Wigal to reserve spaces (outside academic schedule or graduate programs processes).

Department Leadership

Department Chair - Sarah-Grace Heller.64

French Basic-Language Director - Wynne Wong.240

French Basic-Language Assistant Director - Julie Parson.30

Italian Basic-Language Director - April Weintritt.1

Italian Basic-Language Assistant Director - Rosa DiGrottole.1

French Center of Excellence Director - Benjamin Hoffmann.312

Senior Academic Services Specialist - Matt Lang.650

Business Operations Manager - Christiana Whitesel.23

Fiscal Associate - Jennifer Illes.4

Office Associate - Elizabeth Wigal.15

Council of Graduate Studies Representative - Michela Bertossa.1


Advising & Service Roles

ASC Senator - Jonathan Mullins.429

Teaching Schedules - French: Jennifer Willging.1 & Wynne Wong.240 / Italian: Janice Aski.1 & April Weintritt.1

Assessment Coordinator - Jennifer Willging.1

Faculty Honors Major Mentors - French: Jennifer Willging.1 / Italian: Janice Aski.1

Faculty Major Mentors - French: Sarah-Grace Heller.64 & Benjamin Hoffmann.312 / Italian: Janice Aski.1

Romance Studies Major Mentors - French (as primary language): Jennifer Willging.1 / Italian (as primary language): Janice Aski.1

ASC Major & Minor Advisor - Andy Spencer.4

Minor Mentors - French: Gloria Torrini-Roblin.1 / Italian: Janice Aski.1

Distance Learning Director - French: Julie Parson.30 / Italian: April Weintritt.1

UG Club Advisors - French: Adela Lechintan-Siefer.1 & Julie Tanve.2 / Italian: Jonathan Combs-Schilling.1

Transfer/Study Abroad Credit Evaluators - French: Tracey Adams.2747 / Italian: April Weintritt.1


FIGSA Leadership

President - Holly Engel.210

Vice President - Ethan West.1180

Secretary - Sowmya Srikrishna.7

Treasurer - Stefani Scimeca.3

Annual Review Sub-Committee & Tenure Sub-Committee

Wynne Wong.240 - Chair

Janice Aski.1

Jennifer Willging.1

Salary Advisor Committee

Wynne Wong.240 - Chair

Jonathan Combs-Schilling.1

Benjamin Hoffmann.312

Associated Faculty Committee

Jonathan Combs-Schilling.1 - Chair (AU22-SP25)

Adela Lechintan-Siefer.1

Christiana Whitesel.23

Undergraduate Studies Committee

Jennifer Williging.1 - Chair

Janice Aski.1

Adela Lechintan-Siefer

Matt Lang.650

Graduate Studies Committee

Benjamin Hoffmann.312 - Chair

Jonathan Mullins.429

Matt Lang.650

Ethan West.1180 - GA Representative

DEI & Engagement Committee

Sarah-Grace Heller.64 - Chair

April Weintritt.1

Johanna Montlouis-Gabriel.1

Ryan Joyce.289

Anne Mutidjo.1

Matt Lang.650

Demetrio Antolini.4 - GA Representative

Ad-hoc: Transnational Italian Search Committee

Jonathan Combs-Schilling.1 - Chair

Janice Aski.1

Jennifer Willging.1 - OAA Policy Liaison

Demetrio Antolini.4 - GA Representative

Department Meetings Calendar


  1. AD: meetings for all members of FRIT
  2. TT: meetings for tenure-track faculty only
  3. FSR: meetings for faculty, staff, and representatives

AY24 representatives:

  • Associated Faculty: Kate Schlosser
  • Graduate Associates: Stefani Scimeca

Autumn 2023

  • FSR - Monday, September 11, 2023, 9:00am-11:00am
  • P&T meeting - Monday, September 18, 2023, 9:00am-10:30am
  • French Section retreat - Monday, October 2, 2023, 9:00am-11:30am, La Châtelaine—Lane
  • AD - Monday, October 9, 2023, 9:00am-10:30am
  • FSR - Monday, October 30, 2023, 9:00am-10:45am
  • AD - Monday, November 27, 2023, 9:00am-10:30am

Spring 2024

  • FSR - Monday, January 22, 2024, 9:30am-11:00am
  • AD - Monday, February 12, 2024, 9:30am-11:00am
  • FSR - Monday, March 4, 2024, 9:30am-11:00am
  • P&T meeting - Monday, March 25, 2024, 9:30am-11:00am
  • AD - Monday, April 8, 2024, 9:30am-11:00am
  • TT - GTA review, Monday, April 22, 2024, 9:30am-11:00am
  • FRIT Graduation Ceremony - Saturday, May 4, 2024, 1:00pm-3:00pm

Promotion, Tenure, & Annual Review Dates

  • Wednesday, February 1, 2024: Annual updates for calendar year 2023 due to Business Operations Manager, Christiana Whitesel (tenure-track faculty)
  • Monday, February 26, 2024: Associate professors wishing to be put forward for promotion must notify Chair and submit annual update with a CV, all publications since last promotion (or from previous 5 years), and all SEIs and SETs since last promotion (or from previous 5 years)
  • Friday, May 17, 2024: Associated Faculty annual updates (2022-23 academic year) due to Business Operations Manager, Christiana Whitesel

Associated Faculty Award

Associated Faculty in The Department of French and Italian who have had a paper accepted at a professional conference, who have a research or professional development project that requires travel, or who have job interviews at the annual MLA Convention may apply for a Departmental Travel Award of up to $1,500. To apply, send a brief letter describing the paper, development opportunity, or project, a copy of the letter of acceptance or invitation, and an estimated budget (travel, lodging, and transportation) to the current department chair. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis throughout the year until the funds have been exhausted. 

Tenure-track Faculty Travel Funding

Tenure-track faculty in French and Italian may apply for up to $2500 per academic year for research-related travel (conference presentations, archival work, etc.). Please e-mail the department chair a brief description of the conference or project, an acceptance or invitation e-mail if pertinent, and a rough budget. For additional funding of up to $2000 for conferences, research, creative work, etc., see the A&H Small Grants Program.