Associate Dean of the Faculty
Lisa Perfetti has been Associate Dean for Faculty Development since 2011. Before coming to Whitman, Professor Perfetti was Associate Professor of French at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pennsylvania and director of its Faculty Center for Teaching. During her fifteen-year tenure as a faculty member, she taught courses in French language, medieval literature, Francophone Africa and environmental literature. In 2006 she earned the College's Paul C. Empie Memorial Award for teaching that demonstrates a "quest for meaning and value."
Dr. Perfetti received her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. A member of the Society for Medieval Feminist Scholarship, Dr. Perfetti's publications include Women and Laughter in Medieval Comic Literature (University of Michigan Press, 2003), The Representation of Women's Emotions in Medieval and Early Modern Culture (University Press of Florida, 2005), and "Crusader as Lover: The Eroticized Poetics of Crusading in Medieval France" (forthcoming in Speculum). In addition to experiencing the great wines and landscapes of the Walla Walla Valley and camping and hiking in the Pacific Northwest, she enjoys travelling abroad, and has spent time in France, Germany, Senegal, and Morocco.