Faculty & Staff

M.A., Ph.D., University of Iowa, 1977, 1991
B.A., Doane College, 1974

Dr. Siewert is a Midwesterner (born in South Dakota) who has studied French since 1968. He did undergraduate training in French and education at Doane College in Nebraska, including a student teaching internship in a suburban Omaha high school. His M.A. and Ph. D. are from the University of Iowa, where he also studied Spanish, Italian, and film. His dissertation examined proverbs and epigrammatic language in Rabelais.

He has held three AATF summer scholarships in France and two NEH summer study grants at the University of Iowa and at Harvard University. He has attended classes in France at universities in Nantes, Poitiers, Clermont-Ferrand, and Montpellier, and has traveled throughout France. At Truman since 1991, Dr. Siewert has taught all levels of language and specialized courses in film, contemporary civilization, translation, French business, and medieval and Renaissance literature.His advisees have gone on to graduate studies in fields such as French, education, law, translation, and art history. In 2000, his work on new cultural spaces in France was published by Summa, and he continues work on an edition of a 1564 dictionary of French proverbs. JINS courses on Paris as a cultural crossroads and a centenary commemoration of World War I are in the works.