Dr. Dudley M. Marchi

Dr. Dudley M. Marchi received his Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Columbia University.  He has been at NC State since 1989 and is Associate Head of the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures.  His research focuses on European and American literature and his teaching on masterpieces of Western literature, French art and society, translation, and second-language acquisition.  

He has published articles on such authors as Virginia Woolf, James Joyce, Friedrich Nietzsche, Charles Baudelaire, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and Michel de Montaigne.  He has also published two books, Montaigne among the Moderns: Receptions of the Essais and Contrary Affinities:  Baudelaire, Emerson, and the French-American Connection.  He is currently conducting research on the French heritage of North Carolina. 

He enjoys conducting outreach visits to public schools to discuss French culture and French- American relations.  He received an NC State Outstanding Teacher Award in 2011.  In the summer of 2009 he directed the NC State program to Paris and Burgundy, France.  In 2010 he directed the NC State program to Paris, Normandy, and Lille, France and plans to direct it again in 2012.  

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Where do you lead a program?

Paris-Normandy-Lille, France

How long have you run your study abroad program?

2012 will be the fifth time.  I established the program in 1995 and directed it from 1995-1998.

What makes your study abroad program unique?

The eight-day travel and study tour in Paris and Normandy which gives students the opportunity to adjust to France and the French lifestyle while visiting some of the cultural splendors of France and sampling its fine cuisine.  It also gives them a chance to bond as a group and gives me the opportunity to get to know the students personally.  The academic program in Lille provides maximum curricular flexibility: students can take any level of French along with a choice of one of four elective courses taught in English which fulfill NC State general education requirements such as Visual and Performing Arts, Social Sciences, and Interdisciplinary Perspectives.

What stands out as your favorite memory from the study abroad programs that you have directed?

Watching the sun set over the English Channel from atop Mont Saint Michel in Normandy France and hearing one of my students say, “this is the most amazing thing I have ever seen.”

If you could give prospective students one piece of advice about study abroad, what would it be?

Be flexible and open to new ideas and cultural differences.

What are you looking for from the students who apply to your program?

Commitment to learn and grow as individuals, seriousness about the academic program, the ability to be independent but also to act responsibly, the willingness to participate as an empathetic and respectful member of a group.

What is the most rewarding aspect of being a Faculty Director?

Experiencing student excitement before leaving, seeing them enjoy the places we visit, and watching them return home more educated individuals with an enhanced cultural awareness.

If you could give new Faculty Directors of study abroad programs one piece of advice about leading a program, what would it be?

No detail is too small in planning a program, always be prepared for the unexpected and have a backup plan should something not go as planned.

What marketing tips would you suggest to your fellow Faculty Directors to encourage more NC State students to study abroad?

Participate in the study abroad fairs, post publicity materials in high traffic areas on campus, ask colleagues to announce the program in their classes as appropriate, send periodic emails to student email lists, hold several orientation sessions during the fall and spring semesters, tell students that although there are significant expenses involved, it is worth every penny and a sound investment in their education, one that will benefit them in many ways in years to come.