Kathleen Stein-Smith named a Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Palmes académiques

Teaneck, NJ (January 19, 2018) Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Kathleen Stein-Smith, Ph.D., associate University librarian and director of public services, Giovatto Library, Metropolitan Campus, has been named a Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Palmes académiques (Order of Academic Palms)“a national order of France for distinguished academics and figures in the world of culture and education.”

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“This is, in so many ways, the culmination of a lifelong interest in — and affection for — the French language,” said Stein-Smith. “Many thanks to all the good friends who supported me through the process, especially to Fabrice Jaumont, Karl Cogard, and to all my friends at AATF (American Association of Teachers of French) and our other professional associations of foreign language and international educators, and of language services professionals. Languages do matter!”

As a dedicated foreign language educator and advocate, Kathy serves as Chair of the AATF Commission on Advocacy. She is a member of the ATA (American Translators Association) Education and Pedagogy Committee, the CSCTFL (Central States Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages) Advisory Council, the NECTFL (Northeast Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages) Advisory Council, and is a SCOLT (Southern Conference on Language Teaching) Sponsor. She also serves as French Language Facilitator at MLOW (Many Languages One World).

Kathy has presented at numerous professional conferences, is the author of three books and numerous articles about the foreign language deficit, has given a TEDx talk, The U.S. Foreign Language Deficit—” What It Is; Why It Matters; and What We Can Do about It”, and maintains a blog, "Language Matters."

The Palmes Académiques is an Order of Chivalry of France for academics and cultural and educational figures. It was founded by Napoléon in 1808 to honor educators and is the oldest non-military French decoration. This distinction was initially awarded to outstanding members of the university community. Today, it recognizes the significant contributions of teachers through their teaching, scholarship, and leadership over the course of their careers. It is also bestowed upon a select group of individuals who, though not members of academia, have demonstrated outstanding devotion to the French language and culture. The Palmes Académiques is awarded by the Prime Minister of France, upon the recommendation of the Minister of Education.