Dr. Cheryl Brown became interested in a career in foreign languages because of inspiring high school language teachers. She studied both French and Spanish and won both Regional and National Laureats in the AATF Grand Concours before enrolling in the Centre College of Kentucky. There she completed a B.A. with a double major in French and Spanish. She then went on to complete an M.A. in Spanish at the University of Kentucky as well as an M.A. and a Ph.D. in French at Vanderbilt University. Her doctoral dissertation was a study of predominant themes and images in the work of the French Romantic poet Marceline Desbordes-Valmore.
At Belmont University, Dr. Brown teaches all levels of French including courses on French civilization, culture, literature, phonetics, and a course on Quebec's history, language, and literature. She has accompanied groups of Belmont students to Angers, France and Morelia, Mexico, and traveled to Quebec.