College Deans

The School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Dr. Leigh Smith, Director of the School of Humanities and Social SciencesDr. Leigh Smith, Dean of IAU and Professor
MA, PhD, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
BA, Auburn University 

Dr. Leigh Smith joined the IAU faculty in 2006 teaching Comparative Literature.  In 2011 he moved into the post of Director and Dean of Students, and in 2014 assumed the position of Dean of IAU.    Prior to coming to IAU, Dr. Smith taught and worked at the Université de Paul Cézanne and in the administration of various study abroad programs in Europe.  He continues to teach Comparative Literature at IAU and leads a January term Traveling Seminar: European Cities.  Dr. Smith’s research has largely focused on the Twentieth-century European novel, and is currently tracing the novelistic representation of the European city.

Dr. Guillaume Durand, Assistant Dean and Professor, School of Humanities & Social Sciences
Doctorat, University of Provence
MA, University of Provence (Aix-Marseille) 

Dr. Guillaume Durand joined the IAU faculty in 2002.  He has taught history, art history and archaeology, and religious studies.  While teaching at IAU, Dr. Durand has maintained active involvement and oversight of local, regional and national archaeological excavations.  His academic publications include individual works, and numerous studies and articles published in university reviews, at international university conferences, and in journalistic publications.  Dr. Durand recently completed a three-year post-doctorate program with the Romanian Academy and the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales.

 The French Honors Program

Dr. Muriel Cros, Director of the French Honors ProgramDr. Muriel Cros, Assistant Dean and Professor, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Chair of French Department and Director of French Honors Program, and Summer French Teachers Workshop

Doctorat, University of Provence, Aix-Marseille I
Masters in Literature, University of Provence, Aix-Marseille I 

Dr. Muriel Cros began her time as professor of French Language and Literature at IAU in 1996. With many years of teaching experience within IAU and in prestigious French and American institutions of higher education, including Harvard University and Vanderbilt University, Dr. Cros became Director of the French Department and French Honors Program in 2012 and Assistant Dean in 2014.  As a specialist in linguistics, Dr. Cros’ research and publications have focused on the analysis methodology of interviews and conceptualization of language used in evaluating various medical speeches. Dr. Cros is also an accomplished poet and visual artist.  Her sculptural work explores themes relating to words and space and has been published and exhibited internationally. 

The Marchutz School of Fine Arts

The studio art and aesthetics courses at the Marchutz School of Fine Arts are administered and team-taught by two full-time American faculty members, Professor Alan Roberts and Professor John Gasparach, who have each worked in study abroad in France for over thirty years.

Professor Alan Roberts, Co-Director of the Marchutz School of Fine ArtsAlan Roberts, Dean and Professor, Marchutz School of Fine Arts
MFA, Vermont College
BS, University of south Carolina 

Professor Alan Roberts has taught art history and studio art at IAU and the Marchutz School of Fine Arts since 1981.  He assumed the directorship of MSFA in 1990.  Professor Roberts’ personal studio is located at the renowned Chateaunoir, situated on the Route de Cézanne in Aix-en-Provence.  His international exhibition record includes the Musée Granet in Aix-en-Provence as well as private galleries in the U.S. and France.  He has also collaborated on several important books concerning the art of Leo Marchutz and his students. A selection of his paintings can be viewed at  

Professor John Gasparach, Co-Director of the Marchutz School of Fine ArtsJohn Gasparach, Assoc. Dean and Professor, Marchutz School of Fine Arts
MLA, St. John’s University
BA, University of Washington 

Prior to joining the Marchutz School of Fine Arts faculty in 1986, Professor John Gasparach served as assistant to Leo Marchutz and the founding artists of the school.  Teaching studio art and art history at the MSFA and IAU, Professor Gasparach also serves as the curator of the family collection of the work of Leo Marchutz.  His painting practice is inspired by the countryside of Aix-en-Provence, Seattle and the islands of Puget Sound, and has been exhibited in numerous galleries and museums in France and the USA.  Professor Gasparach also collaborated on the publication of the monograph, Leo Marchutz.  A selection of his work can be viewed at

The School of Business and International Relations

Aboubakr Jamaï, Dean and Professor, School of Business & International Relations
MPA, Harvard University
MBA, University of Oxford 

Professor Jamaï‘s professional career spans the business sectors of finance, economics and also journalism.  He began teaching at IAU in January 2014 and became Dean of the School of Business and International Relations shortly thereafter.  He has taught political science and international journalism at American institutions of higher education.  Among the many prizes and distinctions he has received, Professor Jamaï was named Harvard University’s Nieman Fellow in 2007 and Mason Fellow in 2008.  He was also awarded the 2008 Tully Center Free Speech Prize, Newhouse School of Communication, Syracuse University, and the International Press Freedom Award from the Committee to Protect Journalists.