Sarah Glasco

Assistant Professor of French
Carlton Building 316
2125 Campus Box
Elon, NC 27244 (336) 278-5813

Brief Biography

Sarah Glasco completed her Ph.D. in 2006 at the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, focusing on the contemporary French novel with a supporting program in contemporary Hispanic literature. She joined Elon’s faculty that same year. Her scholarly interests include immigration policy in France, intertextuality and global culture in the novels of Jean-Philippe Toussaint, and literacy-based language learning. Her favorite city in France is Montpellier (vive le sud!) where she regularly visits her "sister", Béatrice, who lived with Glasco in 1987. She loves the laid-back life of southern France and being by the Mediterannean. She also adores ripe stinky cheeses, rich red wine, the aroma of Gauloises cigarettes, and epic three-hour meals shared with friends that often include all three of the aforementioned. Professor Glasco resides in Carrboro with her husband and two children (who also love Montpellier!).


  • Ph.D. in Romance Languages- French, 2007. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC.

Dissertation: Textual Games, Intertextual Readings: Ludic Dimensions in Story and Style in the Works of Jean-Philippe Toussaint, successfully defended, December 2006.

Director: Dr. Yves de la Quérière

Readers: Dr. Sophie Adamson, Dr. Nina Furry, Dr. Michele Magill, Dr. Hassan Melehy, & Dr. Alain-Philippe Durand

Area of Specialization: 20th/21st Century French & Francophone Literature 

Supporting Program: 20th Century Hispanic Literature

  • M.A. in French,1999. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC.

Thesis: The Hyper-real World of Jean-Philippe Toussaint’s L’appareil-photo. Director: Dr. Martine Antle.

  • B.A. in French,1993. Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Va. Tech), Blacksburg, VA.

Employment History

ELON UNIVERSITY: Assistant Professor of French, August 2007-present (full-time adjunct: 2007-2009; continuing track: 2009-2010; Tenure track: fall 2010-present); Instructor, 2006-07.

Lecturer, University of North Carolina at Greensboro: fall 2005. Elementary French 2 & Intermediate French 1.

Graduate Teaching Fellow, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill: 1997-99; Sept. 2000 - May 2005. Survey of French Literature; Advanced Grammar & Composition; Elementary & Intermediate French for Advanced Students; Intermediate French 1 & 2; Intensive Elementary French; Elementary French 1.

Lecturer, Université Paul Valéry (Montpellier III), Montpellier, France : 1999-2000.

Department of Anglo-American Studies: Travaux pratiques: Langue, Littérature, et Civilisation Etrangère; Travaux Pratiques : Langues Etrangères Appliquées; Travaux dirigés: Non-Spécialistes. 

Department of History: English, Maîtrise Sciences Techniques Patrimoine: full course responsibilities for first year master’s students. Prepared lessons, exams, & field trips on ecology, art, & architectural history, French culture & civilization, & artisanal craft.

Instructor, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC: summer 1999.

Courses Taught

Courses Taught at Elon University

  • Elementary French 1- 2 Intermediate French 2
  • French Conversation: Everyday TopicsTopics in Popular Culture, & French Cinema
  • Perspectives in Modern French Literature
  • Advanced Grammar & Composition
  • French Phonetics
  • Defining Moments of French Civilization
  • Current Events in the French and Francophone World
  • COE 375: Transition Strategies for Liberal Arts Majors, fall 2008 & spring 2009, and “You've got skills!” Uncovering Hidden Talents and? Marketing Yourself Effectively in a Down Economy, spring & fall 2010
  • France Today: Multiculturalism and the French-American Experience (GST 365), winter 2010, 2011, 2012, spring 2014
  • Culinary Crusades: The Evolution of French Culture Through Cuisine (GST 270), winter 2014

Independent Undergraduate Research, Director/Mentor

  • “Ruins as Self-preservation: Cities and Their Relation to Cultural Identity,” Spring 2014 (Samantha E. Sampson) Presenting at SURF (Spring Undergraduate Research Forum), spring 2014.
  • “What Lies Behind the Walls of France’s Palaces and Castles: When Past Methods Meet Present Minds,” Spring 2014 (Sharyn Jacobs) Presenting at SURF, spring 2014.
  •  “Proust and Humor: Not Just Another Consumer of Madeleines,” fall 2013. (Emily Guernsey) Presenting at SURF, spring 2014.
  • “Can Arabs Be French? A sociolinguistic study of second generation North-African immigrants in France through the literature of Azouz Begag,” fall 2013. (Ashton Coats)
  • Agricultural Impact on Modern French Culture,” fall 2011. (Taryn Johnson)
  • La politique de l’immigration française et la fuite des cerveaux en Algérie,” fall 2010. (Anna Cornacchio)
  • The Franco-Algerian Identity: Assimilation, Political Pressure and Turmoil, the Plight of Algerian Immigrants and their Descendants in Paris, France and the Role of the French Government in the Loss of Algerian Culture and Discrimination,” fall 2010. (Kaila Robertson)
  • Love, War, and Women in French Fiction & Cinema since 1950,” fall 2009. (Megan Cunningham)

Study Abroad Teaching & Leadership

  • GST 267 IS, "Eat, Pray, Love: Sacred Space and the Place of Religion in 21st Century France" (Co-taught with LD Russell), Paris and Montpellier, France,  January 2014.
  • STA 267, Pre-departure course for GST 267 IS, fall 2013.

Current Projects

Professor Glasco has just completed a book entitled Parody and Palimpsest: Intertextuality, Language and the Ludic in the Novels of Jean-Philippe Toussaint (forthcoming, Peter Lang Publishing, Inc).

Contemporary Belgian writer Jean-Philippe Toussaint is the author of ten books published by Editions de Minuit and one of the rare writers to enjoy great success in scholarly circles and the general public. His novels have been translated into over thirty languages and are part of French literature curricula at universities worldwide. Glasco's book will contribute to literary studies and the humanities by adding to the emerging body of work on intertextuality through expansion of critical examinations of Toussaint's texts, and by linking these to cross-disciplinary texts that include not only Russian, American, and Japanese literatures, for example, but also film, visual art, and socio-cultural/linguistic markers.  Glasco incorporates examples from Toussaint’s own texts, the language, literature, art, products, and thus culture, of others and as a result relates intertextuality to global cultures and new media via his contemporary literary landscapes. Subsequently, intertextuality embodies a microcosm for globalization and a model for intellectual collaboration.

Grants Awarded


  • Departmental Reassigned Time, Elon University Dept. of World Languages and Cultures, for the design of a new special topics class that would combine language, music performance, composition, and production. The course will explicitly explore the short-term and long-term affects of WWII on France and France’s historical and subsequent position in global affairs and in so doing, students will write and perform a rock opera or concert, fall 2013.
  • Fund for Excellence in the Arts Grant ($3900), with $450 worth of supplementary funding provided by the Schools of Business and Communications, Elon Unviersity, May 2013 for invited performer Marcel Van Dam (Oct. 22-26, 2013).   Marcel gave a public concert, met with French/World Languages students in classroom settings, discussed with Business and Marketing students about how he solely manages every facet his career, offered a songwriting workshop for aspiring lyricists and musicians, and allowed music production students to record him so they could have a hands-on experience. This event celebrated the collaboration that is inherent in interdisciplinary global contexts.
  • Diversity Infusion Project Stipend ($1,000), Elon University, May 2013 to engage in a Diversity Infusion Project that focuses much more on lower level “language” courses (used fall 2013). With Sophie Adamson, Olivia Choplin, Ketevan Kupatadze, and Nina Namaste.
  • Elon College of Arts and Sciences Faculty Research and Development Award, for one course release from teaching to focus on completion of Parody and Palimpsest: Intertextuality, Language and the Ludic in the Novels of Jean-Philippe Toussaint, fall 2013.
  • Winter Term Engagement Grant ($300), Elon University, January 2013 for providing evening or weekend activities that enhance the winter term academic experience. These monies were used to help fund a multi-course traditional dinner at an authentic French restaurant for GST 270 (Culinary Crusades: The Evolution of French Culture Through Cuisine). It enhanced the academic experience greatly as well because much of what we ate was unfamiliar territory for the students.
  • Elon College of Arts and Sciences Pre-tenure Sabbatical, for research and scholarship development, fall 2012. I sent out manuscripts and proposals and procured a contract with Peter Lang, Inc. to publish a book. 
  • Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning (CATL) Travel Grants to cover all expenses for ACTFL Annual Convention in Denver, CO (November 2011); to cover partial expenses for ICERI meeting in Madrid, Spain (November 2009).
  • Departmental Reassigned Time, Elon University Dept. of Foreign Languages, for continued research on Franco-Algerian relations & the works of Azouz Begag in order to produce a scholarly work, fall 2011.
  • Fund for Excellence in the Arts Grant ($4,650), Elon University, May 2011 for invited speakers Alec Hargreaves & Azouz Begag (Oct. 26-30, 2011). Public lecture & class meetings with students to discuss identity crises & the place of Islam in France, the politicization of immigration, Marine Le Pen's rising electoral prospects, & the burqa ban in France.
  • External funding from The Winthrop-King Institute for French and Francophone Studies ($2,000), Florida State University, & The Center for French and Francophone Studies ($500), Duke University, for invited speaker Azouz Begag, 2011.
  • New Faculty Summer Research Stipend ($3,700), Elon University, summer 2011, Franco-Algerian relations in France.
  • Tournées Festival Grant  ($1,800 x 3) through the French Cultural Ministry, for holding French film festivals at Elon, sponsored by French-American Cultural Exchanges, the French Cultural Ministry, spring 2012, fall 2010, & spring 2010.
  • Elon College of Arts and Sciences Travel Grants to cover all expenses for IJAS meeting in Paris, France (April 2012); IJAS meeting in Orlando, FL and Franco-American Intersections Colloquium at FSU, Tallahassee (March 2011); to cover partial expenses   for ACTFL Convention in Orlando (November 2008).
  • Fund for Excellence in the Arts Grant ($3,300), Elon University, April 2010, with Dr. Mayte Delama for proposal Expanding Intercultural Liaisons: Musique and Ciné in French and Spanish: Tango Duo, Oct. 2010 & French singer/songwriter Eric Vincent in Concert, Nov. 4, 2010.
  • Cooperative Education Stipends, Elon University, for proposal/teaching of COE 375, fall & spring 2010, winter 2009, & fall 2008. 
  • American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) First Time Attendee Grant, Orlando, FL, Nov. 20-22, 2008.
  • Elon University Learning Community Grants, for La Maison française Cheese Tasting, Nov. 2008 & 2009, French 332 Poetry Slam, March 2009, Soirée des Calligrammes, March 2008, & National French Week Luncheon, Nov. 2007.


  • Parody and Palimsest: Intertextuality, Language and the Ludic in the Novels of Jean-Philippe Toussaint. (Forthcoming Peter Lang, Inc.: New York, 2014.)
  • Review of Points de départ, 2e édition. The French Review, 86.6 (May 2013): 15-16.
  • "So, then where does that leave the humanities?" Perspectives on Undergraduate Research and Mentoring (PURM). 2.2 (Spring 2013): n. pag.
  • Azouz Begag et Alec Hargreaves : Entretien sur un quart de siècle de collaboration. Expressions maghrébines. 11.1 (Summer 2012): 1-26.
  • Review of Controverses. The French Review, 85.6 (May 2012): 113-14.
  • Review of Contrastes. The French Review, 84.4 (March 2011): 829-30.
  • Review of Points de départ. The French Review, 84.2 (December 2010): 437-8.
  • Review of Génération française 6. The French Review, 83.3 (February 2010): 695-6.
  • Integrating Cross-Cultural Studies in the University Curriculum: Intercultural Education Begins at Home. ICERI 2009 Proceedings, November 2009.
  • Review of French in your face! The French Review, 83.1 (October 2009): 214-15.
  • Commentary: So You Say. “How can music be used to connect students to another language and culture?” The Language Educator, 2.3 (April 2007): 55.
  • In progress: 
  • article: “Sacred Space and Displacement in Azouz Begag’s Le gone du Chaâba.” 


Recent Presentations

  • Diverse Voices of the French-Speaking World at AATF (American Association of Teachers of French) annual convention: New Orleans, LA, July 19-22, 2014.
  • Enhancing Intercultural Competence in Short-Term Study Abroad Courses at NAFSA (National Association For Studay Abroad) annual convention: San Diego, CA, May 24-30, 2014.
  • Scrapping Facebook: How Scrapbooking Millennials Breathe Life Into French History at CCRL (Carolina Conference on Romance Literatures): Chapel Hill, NC, April 4-7, 2014.
  • Socio-linguistic and Cultural Competence through Project-based Pedagogies at ISSoTL (International Society of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning): Raleigh, NC, October 2-4, 2013. 
  • De-centering/Re-centering Culture Through Contrast In Autoportrait (à l’étranger): Jean-Philippe Toussaint’s Cultural Cohabitation. Traces, Fragments, Remains / Traces, Fragments, Restes: 20th and 21st Century French and Francophone Studies International Colloquium: Atlanta, GA, March 28-30, 2013.
  • Ménage à Trois: Teaching, Service, and Scholarship in the French Curriculum at Elon.  With Sophie Adamson and Olivia Choplin. Celebrate SURF day poster session: Elon Unviersity, April 24, 2012.
  • Sacred Space and Displacement in Azouz Begag’s Le gone du Chaâba. The International Journal of Arts and Sciences Conference (IJAS): Paris, France. April 16-19, 2012.
  • Curriculum (Re)design: the Latest Research and Two New Curricula. With Scott Windham. American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL): Denver, CO, Nov. 17-20, 2011.
  • The Zidanization of France: Myth or Reality? Teaching and Debating Contemporary France Through Literature, Film and Popular Music, The International Journal of Arts and Sciences Conference (IJAS): Orlando, FL. March 21-24, 2011.
  • Seeing Eye to Eye: Using Webcams in the Classroom. With April Post, David Neville, & Ketevan Kupatadze. 7th Annual Summer  Conference on Innovation in Teaching and Learning: Elon University, Aug.19, 2010.
  • Integrating Cross-Cultural Studies in the University Curriculum: Intercultural Education Begins at Home. International Conference on Education, Research, and Innovation (ICERI): Madrid, Spain, Nov. 16-18, 2009.
  • The Importance of Interdisciplinary and Intercultural Education. With Ketevan Kupatadze, Maureen Ihrie, and Scott Windham. 6th Annual Summer Conference on Innovation In Instruction: Elon University, Aug. 20, 2009.
  • Promoting Cultural Awareness, Battling Bias: Revealing Diverse Perspectives and Fostering Cultural Understanding Through Point and Counterpoint Presentations Using PowerPoint and iMovie. ACTFL: Orlando, FL, Nov. 20-23, 2008.
  • The Techno-human Paradox: How “Keeping Up With the Kids” Fosters Community. 5th Annual Summer Conference on Innovation in Instruction: Elon University, Aug. 21, 2008. Presented hour-long solo session on teaching with technology.
  • Narrative Structure and the Intertextual Dialogue Between Apollinaire, Kawabata, and Beckett in Jean-Philippe Toussaint’s Faire l’amour. International Colloquium on 20th/21st Century French & Francophone Studies: Texas A&M University, College Station,TX, March 21-24, 2007.

Professional Activities


  • Faculty Search Committee Chair, Elon University, 2012-13. Created/organized candidate assessment rubrics; completed telephone interviews in December 2013 and invited three finalists to campus in February 2013; organized on-campus interviews; attended and recorded all teaching sessions and posted videos on line for those unable to attend;  assessed data with the committee; made a final recommendation to the Dean and sent notifications to other candidates. The search led to a successful hire and is now closed.
  • CELEBRATE Departmental Poster Organizer, Elon Unviersity, April 2013. Spear-headed the organization of a departmental collaborative poster "Foreign Languages and Advanced Critical Thinking: The Link to Global Citizenship” to increase our visibility and really position ourselves in such a way that we can have conversations about what we do.
  • Undergraduate Research Program Advisory Committee Member, Elon University, August 2012- present. Review proposals for grants and conferences and advise on acceptance; represent the Elon College of Arts and Sciences, advocate for more opportunities for humanities scholars, represent Elon University’s Undergraduate Research Program at conferences, lead workshops for faculty. 
  • World Languages and Cultures Departmental 5-year Plan, goal #2 (values) Sole Committee Member. 2011-present. Establish core values and expectations for faculty, staff and students with outcomes: a) Outline strategies to increase professional interactions, sharing, and collaboration in teaching, research, & service; b) Cultivate and disseminate innovative, distinctive pedagogies.
  • Faculty Advisor to the Elon French Club, Elon University, Aug. 2010-present. Guide/mentor officers & members in all club admin & activities.
  • Textbook Reviewer. Paid reviewer of A Vous, 2e éd. (Nov. 2011) & Controverses, 2e éd. (Aug. 2010): Heinle, Cengage Learning. 
  • Journal Referee, Editorial Board for LEF-E, Sept. 2011- present. Review, critique, & recommend articles for publication in L’Érudit franco-espagnol, a double blind, peer reviewed, open-access electronic journal of French and Hispanic Literatures dedicated to publishing scholarly essays that engage issues and ideas in connection with the literatures and cultures of France, the Francophone countries, Spain, Latin America, and the Hispanic population in the United States. 
  • Elon Study Abroad Program Site Visits, summer 2011. Met with instructors and administrators and observed classes at Accent Français & Université Paul Valéry in Montpellier, France & ESDES Program at Université Catholique de Lyon in Lyon, France: Academic Advisor, Elon University, Aug. 2010-present. Offer academic guidance & help with class scheduling to advisees.  
  • Video Producer/Editor, Elon University WLC, Oct.- Nov. 2012. Interviewed a diverse segment of French-speaking members of the Elon Community, produced, edited and directed a short film on the importance of speaking another language. This major PR piece is now featured on the French section website and was on YouTube and featured on E-net in November 2012.
  • Internationalization of the Campus Committee Member, Elon University Department of Foreign Languages, 2010-11. With Sophie Adamson & Ketevan Kupatadze on roles of the Department of Foreign Languages in this endeavor.  
  • External Funding and Professional Meetings Researcher, Elon University Department of Foreign Languages, spring 2008-spring 2010. Researched internal & external funding sources and grant opportunities & professional meetings for the faculty of the DFL, oversaw the organization & dissemination of announcements on the web, & provided monthly updates on the DFL web page.
  • Fund for Excellence Grant Committee Member, Elon University, 2007-08.Collaborated with several faculty members to write grant application to fund annual speaker series; involved in all aspects of initiative, e.g. speaker invitations, allocation of funds, & other planning. Result: Dr. Antonio Vitti spoke about Italian Cinema. 
  • Course coordinator duties in the DFL Writer, 2006-7. With Rebeca Olmedo. Co-created document that clarifies/outlines duties & expectations of course coordinators.



  • Administrative Assistant, France International: Carrboro, NC, summer 1997. Identified philatelic material and prepared merchandise descriptions & letters in French. 
  • Wine & Cheese Specialist, French-speaking Business Liaison, Whole Foods Market: Chapel Hill, NC, 1995-97. Co-managed daily operations of specialty products department; met with French cheese producers at French Embassy & trade shows. 

  • Cello Teacher, Duke String School, Duke University: Durham, NC, 1996-99. Gave private lessons to students aged 7-17. 

  • Cellist, The Durham Symphony: Durham, NC, 1995-97.