Sister Mary Helen

Mary Helen Kashuba, SSJ, D.M.L.

Professor of French and Russian
Foreign Language and Literature Department

Office Location:  Fournier Hall, 2nd flr., Room 25A
Office Phone:  215.248.7124

Educational Background 

  • B.A., Chestnut Hill College, 1961
  • M.A. in Russian, Fordham University, 1964
  • D.M.L. in French and Russian, Middlebury College, 1971

Courses Taught 

  • Russian (all levels)
  • French Literature ( 17th, 18th, 19th centuries; Senior Seminar and Tutorial); Elementary and Intermidiate French Grammar and Composition
  • FL 317: Special Methods in the Teaching of Foreign Languages
  • ISP 315-316: Tradition and Risk - Educating Women
  • Interdisiplinary Honors courses

Scholarly Interests 

  • Russian and French Literature of 19th and 20th centuries
  • Foreign Language Pedagogy
  • History of SSJ in 17th century; College History, especially Chestnut Hill; Women's education

Selected Publications 

  • Tradition and Risk: Chestnut Hill College, 1924-1999. (Donning, 1999)
  • Articles in L'Amitie Charles Peguy(Paris, France)
  • Articles in Research Guide to Popular Fiction, Research Guide to Biography and Criticism, (Research Publishing), on French and Russian Authors
  • Articles in Critical Survey of Drama, Critical Survey of Poetry, Critical Survey of Long Fiction (Salem Publishing), on French and Russian Authors
  • Articles on Camus, The Plague, and Tolstoy, Anna Karenina, in MLA Approaches on Teaching series

Other Academic Information 

  • Vice- President of the American Association of teachers of French Teachers of French
  • Past member of the Board of Directors, Northeast Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (2000-2004)
  • Past member of the Executive Council of the American Association of Teachers of French, 1990-1996
  • Past President of the Philadelphia Chapter of the American Association of Teachers of French (AATF), of the Modern Language Association of Philadelphia and Vicinity (MLAPV), of the PA Chapter of the American Association of Teachers of Slavic and East European Languages. Current Member of Executive Board of AATF, MLAPV.\
  • French Contest Administrator, Philadelphia and Vicinity, 1978- present.
  • Leader of thirteen student trips to France and three to the former Soviet Union and Russia.
  • Director of five exchange programs for Japanese students from Holy Spirit Junior College in Nagoya, Japan.


  • Fulbright Grant to France, 1967-1968
  • IREX Grant to Soviet Union, Moscow and (Former) Leningrad, 1973, 1985.
  • Palmes Academiques, from the French Government in recognition of outstanding efforts for the promotion of the study of French