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  • ABD, University of Louisiana at Lafayette
  • M.A., University of Louisiana at Lafayette
  • B.A., Louisiana College

Academic Programs

  • BA French
  • BA French Education

Assistant Professor of French

Coordinator of Academic Integrity


Cecile Barnhart specializes in French and francophone literature, particularly medieval French literature and Louisiana literature in French.  Alfred Mercier’s novels are the topic of study for Barnhart’s dissertation, tentatively entitled, “Le Caractère oral des romans d’Alfred Mercier: une oeuvre présente, transformatrice, et presciente.” 
Ms. Barnhart is a member of local and national French teacher associations (LFLTA and AATF). At Louisiana College, she serves as cosponsor of the Zeta Gamma chapter of Alpha Mu Gamma, the foreign language honor society, and has served on various committees including Academic Integrity, Core Curriculum Revision, and the Committee and Committees.


• University of Maine,  “Exploration de la Péninsule acadienne,” June 2013 (Participant)
• University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Conference on Language and Literature, March 2011
Panel paper presentation: “L’Ambivalence nord-sud dans Hénoch Jédésias d’Alfred Mercier”
• ACTFL National Conference (Boston, MA):  “Empowering Language Educators through Collaboration,” November 2010 (participant)
• Louisiana Foreign Language Teacher’s Association Annual Conference, February 2010
Round table presentation: “Imagine the Possibilities:  Finding, Downloading, and Using Video Clips for Language Learning”
• CAVILAM seminar (Baton Rouge, LA), “TV5 Monde in the classroom,” September 2009 (Participant)
• CREC (Hartford, CT), ACTFL OPI Familiarization Workshop, March 2009 (Participant)
• Louisiana Foreign Language Teacher’s Association Annual Conference, February 2009
• Oregon State University, NEH Summer Institute, “Berber North Africa: The Hidden Mediterranean Culture,” June and July 2007 (Participant)

Courses Taught

Introductory and intermediate French
Advanced Grammar and Composition
French culture and conversation
French literature
Francophone literature

Research Interest

French and francophone literature and culture
Orality in the novels of Alfred Mercier