Karen M. Dunaetz


Adjunct Professor, Department of Art and Department of Modern Languages

Phone: (626) 678-0346

Email: [email protected]

Office Location: Art Center, Room 1

Karen Dunaetz is an adjunct professor who enjoys teaching French to undergraduate students in on-campus classes and to graduate students in online courses. Although she is a native English speaker, Dunaetz is fluent in French. She started learning the basics of French in New York at 9 years old, developed a love for it, majored in it in college, and spent her junior year abroad studying French at the Sorbonne in Paris. Later, after getting married and earning her first master’s degree, Dunaetz and her husband moved to France and lived in the eastern suburbs of Paris for 17 years, speaking the language daily as they worked as church-planting missionaries from 1988-2005. Upon their return to the States, Dunaetz earned a second master’s degree, became licensed as a marriage and family therapist, started her own private practice, and now enjoys balancing her time between counseling and teaching. Dunaetz is passionate about caring for her students, communicating with them, and imparting a love for Christ to them. She also hopes to see more students develop a love for the language, culture, and people of France.


  • M.A., Clinical Psychology, Marriage and Family Therapy, Azusa Pacific University
  • M.A., Christian Education, Denver Seminary
  • B.A., French, Houghton College
  • Diplôme de Langue et Civilisation Françaises, La Sorbonne

Academic Area

  • School of Visual and Performing Arts (College of the Arts)


  • Cross-cultural Adaptation
  • Living and Studying Abroad
  • French Language Teaching
  • French Language and Culture
  • Teaching French Translation
  • Translating French into English

Courses Taught

  • FREN 101 – Elementary French I
  • FREN 102 – Elementary French II
  • FREN 201 – Intermediate French I
  • FREN 301 – Advanced French Conversation
  • FREN 495 – Special Topics in French
  • ART 560 – Reading and Translating French