Be Social
World Languages & Cultures | Taoutel, Jean-Pierre
portfolio_page-template-default,single,single-portfolio_page,postid-16398,ajax_fade,page_not_loaded,,wpb-js-composer js-comp-ver-,vc_responsive

Jean-Pierre Taoutel is a Senior Lecturer of French at Iowa State University. He is also the Arabic program coordinator and teaches Arabic as well as Honors Seminars in the Honors Program. He received his M.A (Maîtrise) and his D.E.A. (Diplôme Etudes Approfondies) in French literature with an emphasis on the works of French writer, Marcel Proust, from the Sorbonne Nouvelle in Paris, France. He has taught French at Hamilton College (1998) in New York State, and been a faculty member at Iowa State University since 1999. He has directed the Regents’ Summer Study Abroad Program in Lyon, France (2005 & 2007) and the MMLA (Middlebury Monterey Language Academy) Arabic Summer Program (2008-2010). During the academic year 2012-2013, he was on leave to teach French and launch the Arabic program at the American School in London, UK. Jean-Pierre has received numerous teaching awards, notably the LAS Excellence in Undergraduate Introductory Teaching Award. He enjoys traveling and he has been in over 40 countries.

  • “Folklore in Lebanon”. Greenwood Encyclopedia of World Folklore and Folklife (2005): Vol. 2, 392-400.
  • Co-presenter, “Reflective Teaching: The Impact of Beliefs and Experiences on Teaching Language and Culture”. The Learning Institute at the American School in London, UK (June 19-21, 2013).
  • Country Specialist France for Aperian Global, Boston, MA; “working with France” workshops at John Deere, IA.
  • Arabic Examiner, Drake University, IA (2011-2012)


  • LAS Small Grants (2005, 2007, 2009, 2014, 2015)
  • Council on International Programs, Iowa State University (2007, 2015)
  • Jeroldean McClain Grant for art history (2006)


  • “Iowa World Language Association” Educator of the Year 2009 at the University Level
  • S’09 Honors Teaching Award, Honors Program, Iowa State University (2009)
  • LAS Excellence in Undergraduate Introductory Teaching Award (2005)
  • Wakonse Award, Center of Teaching Excellence, Iowa State University (2004)

Courses Taught

  • FR 101-102: Beginner French
  • FR 201-202: Intermediate French
  • FR 205: French Conversation
  • FR 301: French Writing and Grammar
  • FR 305: French Conversation
  • FR 320: France Today
  • Fr 304: French for Business and Professions
  • AR 101/110x: Beginner Arabic
  • WLC 370x: Present and Future Challenges in the Middle East: Environment, Sustainability and Cultures

Honors Seminars

  • “Conflicts in the Middle East”
  • “Contemporary Arabic Culture”
  • “Understanding War”
  • “Everything You Want to Know about France”
  • “Socrates’ Café: Are You Really Educated if You Don’t Follow the News?”
  • “Activism on the ISU Campus”
  • “That’s Me in The Corner: Current Social Plagues”
Profile picture of Jean-Pierre Taoutel


Office: 2102 Pearson Hall
Phone: (515) 294-4232
Email: jtaoutel@iastate.edu