Faculty & Staff

George Poe

Professor of French and French Studies and Class of 1961 Chair of the College Emeritus
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 he chaired Sewanee’s Department of French from 1994 to 2000, overseeing the implementation of a second major/minor program in French Studies. He also served as the Department’s study-abroad advisor over three decades and founded Sewanee’s biennial “Summer in France” program in 1988 and, later, the fall “Semester in Paris” program in 2014; and more broadly, he served on the boards of multiple study-in-France programs. 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 — a study that numerous online encyclopedias continue to cite as the English-language resource to be consulted on Marivaux’s theater. 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 his former department’s curriculum, he also taught French civilization and modern French culture.  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. In his final year of full-time teaching, he won the University’s Excellence in Teaching Award and, over the Homecoming 2017 Weekend, he received Sewanee’s Distinguished Faculty Award