BA (1984), MA (1986)- French
After completing a BA and MA in French at UAlbany, Bonnie Youngs went on to finish a second MA and her PhD in French Literature and Linguistics at the University of Pennysylvania, writing her dissertation on computer-assisted language learning. Dr. Youngs credits LLC Professor Eloise Brière with inspiring her through tremendous support and guidance in her early studies.
Currently a Full Teaching Professor of French and Francophone Studies (FFS) in the Department of Modern Languages at Carnegie Mellon University (Pittsburgh), Dr. Youngs has taught all levels of the French curriculum there. She works as the coordinator of her language group, and in the past year, has taken on the responsibilities of teaching courses in the new MA program in Applied Second Language Acquisition, as she puts it, “growing new language teachers”. She credits her teaching models from UAlbany and later UPenn for her desire to teach at the post-secondary level, and for being able to do the job well. Dr. Youngs was recently awarded the 2012 Elliot Dunlap Smith for Distinguished Teaching and Educational Service by the Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences at Carnegie Mellon.
Professionally, Dr. Youngs modifies and assesses the learning outcomes and articulation of the FFS courses, does research and writes on teacher training and second language acquisition as they relate to teaching language courses online, on computer-mediated communication projects between her students and students in France and England, and has worked for state, regional and national teacher organizations.
She and her husband Tom have raised their two children in Pittsburgh, one in high school and one, a French major, who currently attends Carnegie Mellon and is studying for the spring 2012 semester in Aix-en-Provence.