Profile: Christelle Palpacuer Lee

Assistant Teaching Professor in Language Education

Christelle Palpacuer Lee, Ed.D., is an assistant teaching professor in Language Education in the Department of Learning and Teaching. Growing up in the rural south of France, Palpacuer Lee discovered that language opens up new worlds and opportunities through the study of English, German, French, and Latin. A first generation college student, Palpacuer Lee studied North American Literatures and Civilizations at the Université Le Mirail in Toulouse, France where she focused on linguistics, literature and history. She then went on to earn her master’s degree in International Education and French as a Second Language from Université Lyon 2 in Lyon, France, and taught in England and India. Palpacuer Lee moved to the United States as the director of the French Resource Center, a position created by the Department of French at Rutgers and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy to support world language education in New Jersey. She later joined the Graduate School of Education here at Rutgers University and graduated with an Ed.D. degree in Language Education


In 2012, after teaching at the University of Texas at Austin, Palpacuer Lee joined the Rutgers GSE faculty as assistant teaching professor in language education where she advocates for multilingualism and seeks new ways to stimulate our social imagination towards equity and social justice in education. She teaches language-focused and community-based service courses in the language education program and in the urban social justice teacher education program. Her research focuses on community spaces for language teacher development, intercultural dialogue, and arts-based approaches to teaching and learning in formal and informal settings. She has published in several refereed journals such as Language Teaching Research, Foreign Language Annals, L2 Journal, and the International Journal of Multicultural Education. Palpacuer Lee is involved in several organizations such as the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL), the Modern Language Association (MLA) and the Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL).



Ed.D. in Language Education, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey (2012)

M.A. in International Education and French, Université Lyon 2, Lyon: France (2005)

B.A. in North American Literatures and Civilizations, Université Le Mirail: Toulouse, France (2001

Expertise & Research Interest

Applied linguistics

Museum Education

Intercultural Education

Research Work With Students

Dr. Palpacuer Lee's work centers on providing world languages teachers with opportunities to learn in public settings, such as museums and community-based service-learning programs. Drawing on interdisciplinary and qualitative research, she studies the discursive learning opportunities that emerge from the teachers' negotiation of various cultural narratives in interaction.

Palpacuer Lee, C., Lee, Y.C., Melendez, D., & Khapulkova, N. (2016). Unmasked: Designing Inquiries into Cultures as Thematic Units. The NECTFL Review, 79, Special Issue: Developing Intercultural Competence through World Languages, pp. 89-109.

Recent & Selected Publications

Refereed Journals


Palpacuer Lee, C. and Curtis, J.H. (accepted). Service-Learning and Language Education: Disrupting Discourses of Disempowerment. American Association of University Supervisors and Coordinators (AAUSC), Volume 2019.


Palpacuer Lee, C. (2018). Multiliteracies in Action at the Art Museum, L2 Journal, 10(2), pp. 134-157. DOI:10.5070/L210235237


Palpacuer Lee, C., Curtis, J. & Curran, M. E., (2018). Shaping the Vision for Service-Learning in Language Education. Foreign Language Annals, 51(1), pp. 169-184. DOI:10.1111/flan.12329.


Palpacuer Lee, C., Curtis, J.H., & Curran, M.E. (2018). Stories of Engagement: Pre-Service Foreign Language Teachers Negotiate Intercultural Citizenship in a Community-based English Language Program.Language Teaching Research, 22(5), pp. 590-609.


Palpacuer Lee, C., Curtis, J.H. (2017). Into the realm of the politically incorrect: Negotiating intercultural encounters in a service-learning program. International Journal of Multilingual Education, 19(2), pp. 163-181.


Palpacuer Lee, C., Lee, Y.C., Melendez, D., & Khapulkova, N. (2016). Unmasked: Designing Inquiries into Cultures as Thematic Units. The NECTFL Review, 79, Special Issue: Developing Intercultural Competence through World Languages, pp. 89-109.


Palpacuer Lee, C. (in preparation). Unlocking the Potential of Museum Objects for Foreign Language Teaching and Learning.


Refereed Electronic Publication


Curtis, J. H. & Palpacuer Lee, C. (2019). Interculturality in Language-Focused Service-Learning. InterCommonline newsletter (TESOL, Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, interest group)

Honors & Awards

ACTFL Research grant award, with Dr. Curran and Ms. Curtis for a project titled "Investigating the impact of a community-based service-learning program on the multilingual community it serves."

Early-career Award in Language Teacher Education, Teacher Education SIG

Graduate/Law Fellowship, Rutgers Graduate School of Education

Professional Affiliations

American Educational Research Association AERA 
American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages ACTFL
Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages TESOL
Modern Language Association MLA