Hélène Vilavella-Collins' dissertation, on the post-WWII French cinema of director Max Ophuls, examined the interplay between Ophuls' esthetics and the contamination of film by the Nazi propaganda apparatus. She teaches French 200 and 300 level classes, as well as film. She is interested in language for business purposes, and has developed a French for Business class, which she teaches as part of the advanced grammar and composition series at the 300 level. Hélène Vilavella-Collins is the director of the FIS study abroad Nantes and Paris programs. She is also the coordinator of the Comparative Literature Paris Fall study abroad program. She is certified by the French Ministry of Education as an examiner for the DELF-DALF exams (Levels A1 to C2.) In 2015, she was awarded the title of "Chevalier dans l'Ordre des Palmes Académiques" by the French minister of Education.