Robert Kilpatrick received his B.A. from Truman State University, and his M.A. and Ph.D. from Indiana University. Before coming to the University of West Georgia, he taught French and Italian at IU and French at Duke University. He directed the IU Study Abroad Program in St Brieuc, France for five summers, and has also lived extensively in Aix-en-Provence and Angers, France. He is currently co-director of the UWG study abroad program in Tours, France. His research focuses on Renaissance French and Neo-Latin literature, humanism and early modern theories of imitation. In the field of language pedagogy, his research interests include the development of proficiency-based assessment tools and the use of instructional technologies to enhance language learning. He teaches courses on French language, culture and literature.