Hadley Wood, Ph.D.

Professor Emerita of French and Literature

While professor at PLNU, Dr. Hadley Wood taught French at a variety of levels  in addition to courses including Children's Literature, Literary Theory, World Drama, and a survey course in Classical and Medieval literature. She helped to create the Center for Teaching and Learning and served as its Director for 9 years. She also helped to create the senior Honors project and served as its Director for 5 years. 

Dr. Wood was active in NACFLA (North American Christian Foreign Language Association), serving in its leadership for 9 years.

Currently she is working very slowly on a book on teaching. She continues to support the work of current professors in a variety of ways. 

Additionally, she is enjoying the time to travel, both to France and other locations including New Zealand and the Dominican Republic. Her next trips planned will involve Argentina, Brazil, Antarctica, Ireland, Scotland, Spain, Italy and Morocco.

She also keeps busy with theatre, knitting, painting, musical events, baseball, country line dancing (which, she admits, "I am terrible at!!"), playing guitar and recorder (but not simultaneously), gardening and trying to socialize her
"totally neurotic dog" Tuffy. She also enjoys spending time with her grandson in San Diego and visiting her children in Las Vegas and outside San Francisco. 


  • Ph.D. in 16th and 17th Century French Literature from Harvard 
  • M.A. in Counseling from San Diego State University
  • B.A. and M.A. in French from Brown University

Dissertations, Presentations, and Publications


  • The Comedies of Jean Rotrou: Their Sources and the Search for a Comic Vision

Selected Articles

  • "The Language of Love in Jean Rotrou’s La Célimène"
  • "The Battle of the Birds in Rabelais’ Prologue to the Ancien Quart Livre"
  • "The Portrayal of Martyrdom in Corneille’s Polyeucte"
  • "Neither Prude nor Coquette: A study of Mme de Lafayette’s Princesse de Clèves"
  • "The Portrayal of Martyrdom in Rotrou’s  Le véritable Saint Genest"
  • "Paolo Freire in an American Christian University Setting"
  • "Assessment of Foreign Language: Principles and Practices"
  • "Grading with Grace: A Case Study of Grading Practices"
  • "Serious Monkey Business: The Use of Realia in the Foreign Language Classroom"
  • "Foucault and Christian Education: A Conversation"

Selected Presentation


  • En Avant, Houghton Mifflin College Div