Dr. Iona Wynter Parks

Oglethorpe Faculty

Iona Wynter-Parks

Assistant Professor, French
French Program Coordinator
Office: Hearst 304
[email protected]

B.A., Universite Laval in Quebec City
M.A., Georgia State University
Ph.D., University of Georgia

Office hours:
Tuesday/Thursday 1:00 – 3:30 p.m. and by appointment

Dr. Wynter-Parks is an Assistant Professor of French. Her courses cover the French language (grammatical rules, vocabulary, idiomatic expressions that you typically associate with learning to speak a language) and also cultural knowledge in France and other French-speaking spaces in the world.

Cultural knowledge is transmitted through the varieties of written and spoken French as well as what we might think of as cultural monuments and practices from French-speaking spaces such as art forms (literature, art, music and more), celebrations, rituals, gathering styles and food-related phenomena, for example. Since language is obviously present in scientific, philosophical technological and commercial realms, we can also glean cultural approaches in those fields too. Don’t think language is just for those interested in the humanities!

Honors and Awards: 

  • Core Teaching Award 2022-2023 – for Distinguished Service to the Oglethorpe University Core Program
  • Spirit of the Alpha Phi Omega Award (Faculty) 2020-2021

Teaching & Research Interests:
French language and literature, Francophone literature, language and identity, narrative technique.

Courses Taught:

  • FRE-101/102 Elementary French
  • FRE-201/202 Intermediate French and Service Learning French
  • FRE-301 French Composition and Conversation
  • FRE-302 Francophone Cultural Understandings
  • FRE-402 Modern French Republics & Institutions
  • FRE-403 French for Business
  • FRE-404 Famous French Actresses & Roles
  • HIS-235 Black Intellectual History and Thought
  • COR-101/102 Narratives of the Self