Work experience


Higher education work history 

November 2018, ongoing Full Professor by contract, University of Primorsko, Scholl of Humanities, Koper, Slovenia.

 April-June 2018        One-trimester Visiting Researcher at the University Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, Spain.

 2017, ongoing             Professor Emerita, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL, USA.

2000- 2017     Department of Modern Languages and Classics, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa:

Full Professor promotion in April 2009. Since August 2004: Associate Professor, Tenured. Blount Scholar as of 2002. Appointment started August 2000, at the level of Assistant Professor, Tenure-Track. In 2007, granted the title of CHEVALIER DES PALMES ACADÉMIQUES.

 1999-2000      A nine-month full-time teaching position (Lecturer) at the University of Minnesota, USA.

1999, Spring  Visiting Assistant Professor, Bowdoin College, Brunswick, Maine, USA (one semester appointment).

1997 — 1998  One-year position at the Département d’études françaises, University of Guelph, Guelph, ON, Canada, and, in Fall 1998, a one-semester part-time position at the same department.

1992 — 1997  Assistant Professor, Tenure-Track position, Département des lettres françaises, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, ON, Canada.

1991— 1992   Faculty Lecturer, Département de langue et littérature françaises, and Faculté de l’éducation permanente, McGill University, Montréal, Québec, Canada.

 1991    A Summer course in Feminist French & Francophone Literature, University of Ottawa.

1990, Fall       Visiting Assistant Professor for French, Washington College, Chestertown, Maryland, USA, a one semester appointment.

1989 — 1990 Visiting Associate Professor for French, University of the South, Sewanee, Tennessee, USA.

1979 — 1989  Assistant (Professor) of French Literature, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia (full-time independent teaching position while preparing for the Ph.D.).

Research activities 

No ORCID : 0000-0002-8653-8447

October 2021 (onwards)       Member of the scientific committee for the VIIth International Myth Criticism Conference, Madrid, Oct. 25-28, 2022 (“Myth: Theories of a Controversial Concept”). —October 2019 (onwards) Member of the scientific committee for the international conference “Myth and Science Fiction,” to be held at the Complutense University, Madrid, Spain, in October 2020. —January 2019       Member of the Scientific Committee for the volume Myth and Audiovisual Creation (published in 2019, Berlin, Logos Verlag)

January 2019, continued from 2018, ongoing         Member of the Editorial Committee and of the Advisory Board, of the myth criticism journal Amaltea, Madrid, Spain.

Spring-Summer-Fall 2019 Member of the scientific committee and of the organizing committee of the international conference “Contacts linguistiques, littéraires, culturels: Cent ans d’études du français à l’université de Ljubljana,” held September 12-14, 2019, at the Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia.

August 2019—September 2022      Elected member of the Executive Committee of the European Society of Comparative Literature—Société Européenne de Littérature Comparée (2-year mandate, extended by one year due to the sanitary restrictions). Member of the Scientific Committee of the ESCL journal. Member and coordinator of the first Excellence Award in Collaborative Research committee, co-organizing the awards online ceremony on September 17, 2021.

January 2019—January 2022 “Aglaya” research project; member of the University Complutense research group, Madrid, Spain.

September 2016-2018 “Acis & Galatea” research project; member of the University Complutense research group, Madrid, Spain.

May-June 2015: Visiting distinguished teaching fellow at the University of Ljubljana, a project funded by the European Union and the Government of Slovenia, “Internationalization of Slovene universities”—6000 Euros

September 2012-2015 “New Forms of Myths: Interdisciplinary Methodology,” member of the University Complutense research group, Madrid, Spain.

Summer 2012 Slovene Agency for Research—Collaborative Research Grant—Distinguished Foreign Scholar’s three-months residence in Slovenia. $24,000.00

January 2008 Canadian Embassy in the USA 2008 Course Enrichment grant, &7000, for a one-week travel of UA students, to Montreal and Ottawa, Canada. University of Alabama funding: total $7300.

UA Research Advisory Committee (RAC) 2006 grant. Title: “Myths and Spirituality in the Novels by Contemporary French and Francophone Women Writers.” $5000.

RAC 2003 summer grant proposal for the research project: Feminine Figures of Wisdom and Transformation. March 2003 TEACHING TECHNOLOGY GRANT for the collective project with Drs. Carmen Mayer-Robin and Molly Robinson Kelly.

RAC Grant-in-Aid ($5,000) for the summer of 2001, for the project: Myths and Symbols in contemporary French and Francophone women writers.


Various research grants during the University of Ottawa, ON, Canada employment, primarily:

April 1995-April 1998 Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SHRC), $44,420, for the project “Réécriture des mythes dans la littérature française contemporaine.”


Also, see publications