Sharon Gerlach


Old Main 200E
CB 99

Bonjour! I am passionate about teaching the French language and love introducing students to a new language and culture at the beginning levels. I owe my fluency in French to study abroad in Montpellier, France, as well as an academic year near Paris. I am also familiar with Québecois French thanks to summer vacations visiting my cousin, a tour guide in Québec City.

My academic background is in Linguistics, with an emphasis on Phonetics and Phonology. When not teaching French, I teach Phonetics to students of linguistics or speech pathology, and have taught at UW-River Falls, Macalester College, and the University of Minnesota. I also worked for many years with The Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholarships Program. I especially appreciate the value Augsburg places on diversity and international citizenship.


  • B.A. French summa cum laude, University of Minnesota, 1991
  • Ph.D. Linguistics, University of Minnesota, 2010

Honors and Distinctions

  • Fulbright Teaching Assistantship, La Celle St-Cloud, France, 1991-92