Faculty & Staff
Professor of French and French Studies and Class of 1961 Chair of the College
B.A., Davidson College; M.A., Middlebury College; Ph.D., Duke University
Professor Poe joined the Sewanee faculty in December of 1987, after previous teaching experience at Davidson College and Hanover College, and chaired Sewanee's Department of French from 1994 to 2000, overseeing the implementation of the Department's second major/minor emphasis in French Studies. He has also been the Department's study-abroad advisor through the years and founded Sewanee's biennial Summer-in-France program in 1988; and, more broadly, he has served on the boards of several study-in-France programs. He also served as Visiting Director and Scholar in Residence at the Camargo Foundation in Cassis, France, in fall 1995, after having earlier been a Fellow there. Professor Poe specializes in eighteenth-century French literature, having published a book on the writing of the period and on the playwright Marivaux in particular. He also coedited and contributed to a later book on the French novel and has published numerous articles and reviews in American and French journals. On the French Studies side of the Department's curriculum, he also teaches French civilization and modern French culture and has directed the senior seminar on multiple occasions. Professor Poe was honored as the 2004 "Teacher of the Year" by the Society of Sewanee Scholars and was later recognized by the Carnegie Foundation and by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education as the 2006 U.S. Professor of the Year for the state of Tennessee. More recently, Professor Poe has been awarded the annual Robert B. Heilman Prize "for excellence in book reviewing in The Sewanee Review in 2014."