Diana Swift joined the faculty in the fall of 2000 to teach French. In 1972, to pursue her Ph.D. at Bryn Mawr College, she went to France to carry out research on her dissertation on Rabelais and to teach English at the Ecole Normale Supérieure. Little did she imagine that she would stay there for 28 years. During those years she taught English in company training, continuing education, and Higher Education; and she earned two more professional degrees in the Social Sciences at two Paris universities. In the years preceding fall 2000 she taught both English and Humanities courses in two French grandes écoles, (prestigious engineering and management schools). Her courses ranged from management to African-American culture and literature to contemporary socio-philosophical thought.
At Principia she has taught courses in French language and literature at all levels, as well as the First Year Experience (FYE) program for international students, and served as Director of two Abroad programs to France. She has served on the International Students Coordinating Committee, the Dean’s Diversity Committee, Faculty Council, the General Education Development Team, and is currently Chair of the Department of Languages and Cultures.