Dr. Sharon B. Hähnlen

Associate Professor of Modern Languages
Adjunct Faculty, School of Education

(434) 582-2277

Dr. Sharon Hähnlen

Dr. Hähnlen joined the faculty of Liberty Baptist College (now Liberty University) before there were paved roads on campus.  Dr. Hähnlen has taught at every level, from elementary school through high school to college in Iowa, Ohio, Indiana, Montana, and Virginia.  At Liberty University, she has taught French, German, English, Speech 101, Education courses, and Freshman Seminar, as needed.  She currently teaches French and language education courses residentially at the undergraduate level, supervises Licensure Candidates in Spanish and Teaching English as a Second/Foreign Language in field experiences (Practicums, Internships, Student Teaching), serves on Honor's committees, teaches online graduate courses in language education, and chairs doctoral committees for candidates in all aspects of world languages.

Dr. Hähnlen is married to the Rev. Dr. Lee W. Hähnlen, former professor of Church History and Philosophy at Liberty University and current pastor of the historic Hat Creek Presbyterian Church, organized in 1742 by the Rev. Gilbert Tennent.  Dr. Hähnlen enjoys classical string and Southern Gospel music, reading, sewing, and, currently, house demolition and remodeling.  She and her husband have two children and two cats.


Ed.D. in Leadership Curriculum & Instruction, Liberty University
Ed.S. in Leadership, Liberty University
B.S. in Modern Language, Double major French & German, Iowa State University
Minors - English, Math, and Science
Additional Education:
Doctoral studies in French & German Romance Languages & Linguistics, Ohio State University
M.A. studies in French (European equiv.), L'Université de Neuchâtel, Neuchâtel, Switzerland
Linguistics studies (SIL), Grace Theological Seminary, Iowa State University, Liberty University

Current Courses

  • FREN 101: Elementary French I
  • FREN 102: Elementray French II
  • FREN 201: Intermediate French I
  • FREN 202: Intermediate French II
  • FREN 301: Advanced Conversation
  • FREN 304: Francophone Civilizations/Cultures
  • FREN 311: Evolution of the French Short Story
  • SPAN/TES/FL 419/20: Methods and Curriculum in Teaching Modern Languages & Practicum
  • MLAN 519: World Language Acquisition, Instructional Approaches, and Assessment
  • MLAN 527: Bi-Lingual & Multi-Lingual Education (in development)



  • Teaching the Lesson: Standards 6 & 8, Foreign Language Teachers Workshop, FLTWS/FLAVA, April 2013
  • The Civil War Chaplains through the Eyes of a Union Camp Cook, Civil War Chaplain's Conference, Lynchburg, VA., December 2012
  • NCCRS (National College Credit Recommendation Service). In-service Faculty Development Workshops, Faith Builders (a Mennonite college), Guys Mill, PA., February 2011
  • Registration Staff: FLAVA, Richmond, VA, 2011, 2012
  • Mais Oui! Cengage Learning, 2011
  • Liaisons, Cengage Learning, 2010
  • Bravo, Heinle/Thomson, 2009
  • NCCRS accreditation site (formerly National PONSI), Guys Mill, PA., November 2010
  • Rubric Construction, Professional Development Workshop, November 11, 2012, CTE, Liberty University
  • Lecture and Demonstration, French Country Cooking, Virginia Southside Militia, October 2012
  • ESL Methods & Materials, Professional Development Workshop, local ESL ministry, Timberlake Baptist Church, Lynchburg, VA., October 2007
  • CARLA LTE International Conference (Center for Research in Language Acquisition, Language Teacher Education) in Minneapolis, MN, Session Chair, May 2007
  • NCATE/TESOL program review, 2007 (Liberty University is now a Nationally Recognized program to emulate.)
  • Invited, and accepted, to be part of the Lynchburg Sister City Program with Rueil-Malmaison, France. 2007-Present
  • Swiss/French Trip through Billboards, FLAVA Conference, october 1986
  • Misc. topic articles, Syracuse News, Syracuse, IN


  • The Demosthenes of His Age: Accounts of Patrick Henry's Oratory by His Contemporaries, editor, The Patrick Henry Memorial Foundation, pub., 2013
  • Deux mondes 7, McGraw-Hill, reviewer, noted in text, 2013
  • Mais Oui! Cengage Learning, 2011
  • Liaisons, Cengage Learning, 2010
  • Bravo, Heinle/Thomson, 2009
  • Three intra-departmental NCATE reviews: A Case Study. Doctoral dissertation. 2009
  • Susanna of Epworth: MASTER TEACHER, Fundamentalist Journal, January 1985
Christian/Community Service

Volunteer, Red Hill Patrick Henry Memorial Foundation, Red Hill, VA
Sunday School Teacher, Hat Creek Presbyterian Church