Colleen B Hays
Dr. Colleen Hays came to Tennessee Tech in 1993 as Assistant Professor of French and Spanish. Her B.A. and M.A. degrees are from the University of Oklahoma in French literature, both with a history minor. In 1993 she received her Ph.D. from the University of Oklahoma in Romance Languages, with a major in French literature and a minor in Spanish literature. Her current area of research interest is medieval French literature and its reception in nineteenth-century France as well as connections to German literary origins. She has made several presentations at scholarly conferences and she is the author of two articles in her area of research. Since joining the TTU faculty, Dr. Hays has made several trips abroad to France and to Spanish-speaking countries. She spent one summer at an institute in Costa Rica and another at a program in Spain. She is the faculty advisor for Avant-Garde (the French Club), has participated as a judge at French, German, and Spanish Festivals at TTU, and she is an active member of the Rural Educators' Alliance for Languages (R.E.A.L.). In 1995 she was a participant in an Oral Proficiency Workshop sponsored by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages. She is a member of the International Courtly Literature Society and the Medieval Academy as well as of foreign language organizations at the state and national levels. At TTU Dr. Hays teaches elementary Spanish, elementary, intermediate, and advanced conversational French, French literature, and a French culture course in French. She has served as the Chair of the Commission on the Status of Women, and of the Safety Subcommittee of that Commission, and is a member of the Administrative Council.