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Elizabeth Combier, Ph.D.

Elizabeth Combier
Title: Professor
Phone: 706-867-2811

Office: Dunlap Hall, 303A, Dahlonega
Nesbitt Academic Building, 4116, Gainesville
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Areas of Expertise: Spanish & French


Dr. Elizabeth Combier earned her Ph.D. in Romance Languages from the University of Georgia and specialized in Spanish Golden Age Theater with a secondary emphasis in Shakespearean theater. She has a Masters Degree in French from the University of South Carolina/Columbia. She has directed over a dozen plays in both Spanish and French at UNG and encourages theatrical performance in her classes as a medium for second language learning. She has extensive international experience having lived in France, Mexico, and Quebec, Canada and brings those perspectives to her classroom teaching. She has been honored many times for her teaching, including being named Distinguished Professor by the UNG Alumni Association in 2010. She served as the Faculty Associate to the Vice President of Academic Affairs and currently, as Department Head of Spanish, she oversees 30 faculty on 4 campuses. Her service interests include shared governance as she served as CEO of the Faculty Senate and was co-founder of the USG Faculty Council. She is also actively involved in negotiation and conflict resolution. She serves as a University System of Georgia mediator and coach for mediation training and has served at UNG as a trained ombudsman for faculty and staff. 

Courses Taught

Elementary / Beginning Spanish
Medical Spanish
Intermediate Spanish
Advanced Spanish Composition & Syntax
Spanish Conversation
Commercial Spanish
Spanish Literature of the Golden Age

Also:  Elementary/Beginning French
Intermediate French
Advanced French Conversation
Commercial French
Quebec Civilization & Culture


  • Ph.D, Romance Languages, University of Georgia, 2000

Research/Special Interests

Spanish Theater, Foreign Language Pedagogy, Golden Age Literature, Colonial Literature, Second Language Acquisition.  Also, international etiquette, conflict resolution and mediation.


Combier, Elizabeth G.  “Analysis of French Culture Presented in Elementary College Texts: What Do Our Students Know after One Year?” International Journal of Learning. Vol. 16. 2009. 

Combier, Elizabeth G.  “Reading Proficiency in College Using Children’s Books,” International Journal of Learning.   Vol. 13. 2006.  

Combier, Elizabeth G.  “An Interdisciplinary Approach to the Study of Spanish Literature with Theater,” Reaching Through Teaching.  Vol.16.2, Spring, 2005.,1.pdf   

Combier, Elizabeth G.  “Theatrical Exercises for Spanish.” FLAG Journal. May, 2005.

Combier, Elizabeth G. (co-authors Hislope and Pomphile).  “Building Community in the Foreign Language Classroom,” Reaching Through Teaching.  Vol. XV, Spring, 2003, 14-21.,1.pdf   

Combier, Elizabeth G.  “El poder del amor en Cómo han de ser los amigos,” Ojáncano: Revista de  literatura española,  No. 20-21, octubre y abril, 2001. pp. 35-44.

Other:  Contributor to online French workbook, Chez Nous, Pearson (1500 questions, answers and explanations) January, 2009.

Work Experience

University of North Georgia, Dahlonega, Georgia:
     Full Professor of Spanish & French, August, 2011-present
     Associate Professor of Spanish & French, 2005-2011
     Assistant Professor of Spanish & French, 2001-2005

 University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia:
     Graduate Assistant & Preceptor, 1997-1998, 1999-2000
     Instructor of Spanish, 2000

Clemson University, Clemson, South Carolina:
     Instructor of Spanish & French, 1993-1996

University of South Carolina, Aiken, South Carolina:
     Instructor of Spanish & French, 1986-1992

 University of South Carolina, Columbia, South Carolina:
     Graduate Assistant, 1977-1978

Personal Information

Past-President of the Foreign Language Association of Georgia  

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