California Language Teachers’ Association salutes Dr. Jura – a leader, a colleague, and a friend!
Dr. Jura retired in 2013 from California State University, Long Beach as an Associate Professor of French, having served as Director of the French Program and the Single Subject Credential Advisor and Coordinator for Languages Other Than English (LOTE).
A Summa Cum Laude B.A. graduate in English and Art History from University of California, Riverside, Jean-Jacques received his M.A. in French literature from C.S.U., Long Beach and earned a Ph.D. in French literature from U.C., Irvine in 1988.
Prof. Jura’s research, presentations, and publications involve literary, linguistic, and pedagogical areas of study: medieval French literature; theatricality in Julien Green’s novels; foreign language credentialing.
Dr. Jura’s Clear Standard Secondary Teaching Credential in English and French, was only the beginning of his multi-dimensional involvement with the teaching and learning of world languages: having taught French and English at secondary schools, community colleges, and university, as an instructional leader at all these levels; furthermore, he has re-designed and coordinated the training of future world-language teachers at the university level. To have seen Jean-Jacques interact with the future educators was a privilege – he is attentive, friendly, and funny – a colleague among peers.
Although for some of his world-language colleagues his Supplementary/Subject Matter Subject and Authorization in Art, may come as a surprise, it, nevertheless, rightly reflects another passion and long-standing interest of his – the silent movie history of Long Beach. As a result, Jean-Jacques published in 1999 and 2007 Balboa Films: A History and Filmography of the Silent Film Studio.