The director of the Gordon IN Aix program is Madame Magali Coates, a native of southern France, fluent as well in English. She earned her Master’s degree in Anglo-American Studies (Literature, History, Linguistics) at Aix-Marseille University in Aix-en-Provence, and has taught English in various settings at Aix-Marseille University, the Institute for Political Studies (Sciences Po), Aix-en-Provence and elsewhere.
Madame Coates works part-time as an administrative assistant in the International Programs office of Sciences Po, providing student support for study abroad programs. Her English-born-and-educated husband David Coates oversees Sciences Po’s program for international students.
Mme Coates and her husband David have long been leaders in the local evangelical Christian community, leading educational programs for students and young couples, overseeing the Alpha Course and Marriage Course, and translating materials for these courses from English into French.
Courses taken at the Institut d'études de français pour étudiants étrangers (IEFEE) or the Institut d'études politiques (IEP) are taught by the faculty of those institutions.
The Seminar in French History and Culture is taught by teachers of Christian faith who are experts in the topics and issues presented in the class, including Pierre Berthoud, Professor Emeritus of Old Testament and Apologetics at the Free Reformed Seminary (now Faculté Jean Calvin) in Aix-en-Provence, President of the Fellowship of European Evangelical Theologians, and member of the Board of World Reformed Fellowship.