Dr. Paola Basile

Dr. Paola Basile, Associate Professor of Italian and French

For Associate Professor of Italian and French Dr. Paola Basile, the world is her textbook. The languages, literatures and cultures of the world are continuously evolving, always providing more lessons to learn and more reasons to travel.

Originally from Rome, Italy, Paola attended the University of Rome (La Sapienza) where she earned a master's degree (Laurea di dottore) with honors in Italian, French and English. She went on to earn a Master of Arts in French Studies from McGill University and a Ph.D. in comparative literature from Université de Montréal.

In addition to her passions for language, culture and literature, Paola has wanted to be a teacher from a young age. "My career requires me to stay abreast of the current knowledge in my disciplines, so I am continuously learning and improving my teaching abilities," she said. "Teachers also learn from their students, and I welcome that with enthusiasm."

Paola's professional background includes over 16 years of teaching Italian and/or French at the university level in both Canada and the United States. She has published three books, many articles and translations, and has presented at more than 30 academic conferences in the U.S., Canada and Europe.

After completing her Ph.D. in 2004, Paola joined the faculty at Lake Erie College, having been drawn to the College's family-like environment and course flexibility. "I liked its small class sizes, the opportunity to teach both Italian and French studies, and its established history of encouraging students to travel overseas to broaden their horizons," she said.

The study-abroad classes at Lake Erie are perhaps Paola's favorite thing about the College. Since 2006, she has organized and taught many study trips and has taken over 100 LEC students to Europe and to Canada. Getting to witness and hear about the students' life-changing, eye-opening experiences is incredibly rewarding for her.

Even more rewarding is the preparation of graduates with foreign language and culture degrees. "Foreign language skills are incredibly valuable in today's global economy," she said. "Linguistic skills give students a competitive edge in various industries, particularly if they have specialized training. There's a whole world of career opportunities!"