Faculty & Staff

Director, The Edwin C. Carpenter Language Learning Center
Coordinator of Arabic
Coordinator of Taiwan at Truman
Assistant Professor of French
ABD - Louisiana State University
Universite de Marseille III - Aix
B.A., Idaho State University (French & Pol. Sci)

Professor Manning attended Idaho State University and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in French and Political Science. During his Junior year he studied abroad in Strasbourg, France at the Université de Strasbourg. After graduation in December of 1983 he moved to Baton Rouge, Louisiana where he worked as an Electrician for three years. In 1986 he enrolled at Louisiana State University in a Ph.D. program in Foreign Language Education. He taught French as a Teaching Assistant during his graduate studies and in 1987 he received a fellowship to study in Aix-en Provence, France.


In 1991 he moved to Kirksville, Missouri and started work as an Assistant Professor of French and Director of the Foreign Language Learning Center, the technology based lab at Truman State University. During the past 23 years he has lived here expanding the facilities, training faculty on the use of technology in foreign language learning and teaching French courses.

As well he has been the Supervisor for Arabic language study at Truman. A program of the US Arabic Distance Learning Network. During summers he teaches ESL in the Taiwan at Truman program. It is a 5 week summer immersion program for qualified students from ZenDel High School in Changwa, Taiwan.

In his spare time Ron teaches ESL and supervises students to help teach English to new immigrants to the Kirksville area from the Democratic Republic of the Congo.