Annick Dupal has been teaching at JMU since 1998 and has been in her current position (lecturer) for the last eleven years. She teaches GCOM courses; SCOM 240 Introduction to Communication Theory; SCOM 241L Communication Theory lab; SCOM 242 Presentational Speaking; SCOM 245 Signs, Symbols, and Social Interactions; SCOM 248 Introduction to Intercultural Communication; SCOM 261 Public Relations Techniques I: Writing; SCOM 280 Intro to Communication Research; and SCOM 320 Introduction to Interpersonal Communication. She has taught screenplay writing for the School of Media Arts and Design in fall 2011.
Annick was the director of a short-term summer study-abroad program in Canada in 2005 and was faculty in residence in Antwerp, Belgium, in the spring of 2011. She enjoys traveling and loves to combine work and pleasure. She will be FMIR in Florence, Italy, spring 2015. On campus Annick is a freshman advisor, a major advisor to SCOM students and for Study Groups, and was a faculty advisor to Phi Beta Delta, JMU's international scholars honors society for several years.
Annick holds a bachelor's degree in Communication Media and Foreign Languages from The American University (Washington, D.C.); a master's degree (M.A.) in International and Area Studies (Intercultural Communication) from BYU; and a second master's (M.S.) in Writing, Rhetoric, and Technical Communication from JMU. She is interested in intercultural communication, college student personnel administration, psychology and leadership issues.
Her work experience outside of JMU includes a stint at the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in Washington, D.C. in the late 1980s (!); administrative work at AU in its ESL department; PR writing for the now defunct Kennedy Center for International Studies in early 1990s and doing work as a freelance writer for a newspaper while her children were growing up.
Annick has four daughters and a son (the eldest is a graduate student at the University of Washington and is completing field work in Bening, Africa; one is finishing a degree at JMU and is a nurse at RMH, while the third is a senior at VT; the fourth is a rising freshman at JMU; the fifth is a high schooler at home or at the pool). The family has two dogs and one cat. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, writing, fine dining, movies, museums, and exercise. She regularly takes classes at JMU and is at present perfecting her linguistic skills by studying Italian. Ché brava lei!
"I am interested in international, intercultural as well as interpersonal issues that affect human relationships.
I want my students to experience communication from different viewpoints and perspectives, and I encourage them to explore other cultures, to travel and to extend their horizons."
Some of my favorite people:
My children in VA
My daughter in Benin