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Glynis Cowell Wins National Advising Award

May 8, 2017

Dr. Glynis S Cowell, of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, was selected as an Outstanding Advising Award Winner in the Faculty Advising category as part of the 2017 NACADA Global Awards Program for Academic Advising.

This award is presented to individuals who have demonstrated qualities associated with outstanding academic advising of students. The Faculty Academic Advising category includes those individuals whose primary responsibility is teaching and who spend a portion of their time providing academic advising services to students.  More details on this award category may be found here.  The award will be presented during a ceremony at the NACADA Annual Conference in St. Louis, MO this October.

Since 1983, NACADA has honored individuals and institutions making significant contributions to the improvement of academic advising.  Our goal is to promote quality academic advising and professional development of members to enhance the educational development of students.

NACADA’s membership has grown to over 13,000 faculty, professional advisors, administrators, counselors, and others in academic and student affairs concerned with the intellectual, personal, and vocational needs of students.  In addition, NACADA is the representative and advocate for academic advising and for those providing that service to higher education.

For more information about the Global Awards Program for Academic Advising, visit:
Or Contact:    Dawn Krause, NACADA: The Global Community for Academic Advising

785-532-0632, fax 785-532-7732,

Publications Office wins Thomas W. Ross Publishing Grant

December 19, 2016

As a part of constant efforts to improve our Publications office, Frank Dominguez (Editor) and Nelly Whitney (Publications Manager) were able to secure a Thomas W. Ross Publishing grant from the UNC Press to help digitize older issues of the monograph series, North Carolina Studies in the Romance Languages & Literatures.  By digitizing these monographs, we will be able to offer newly printed versions of all issues and eventually make all content available through scholarly sources like Project Muse and JSTOR!


Commitment to Inclusivity

December 7, 2016

The Department of Romance Studies states in the strongest terms our commitment to inclusivity and diversity and our ongoing determination to provide a welcoming and inclusive environment for all faculty, students, staff, and guests of the department, regardless of age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status. In doing so we emphatically and unequivocally endorse the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s policy statement on non-discrimination. Moreover, our life-long dedication to the informed and critical study of languages, literatures, and cultures in all their complexity requires us to reject the spirit and logic behind any form of discrimination on any such grounds as those listed above.

Approved unanimously by the assembled faculty on 12/7/2016


Sam Amago named Bowman & Gordon Gray Distinguished Term Professor

May 24, 2016

Sam AmagoMany many congratulations to Professor Sam Amago who has been named as the Bowman and Gordon Gray Distinguished Term Professor!

The Bowman and Gordon Gray Professorships support excellence in undergraduate teaching at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. They were established in 1980 by Gordon Gray and the estate of his brother, Bowman Gray Jr.

These professorships bestow special recognition on College of Arts and Sciences faculty members for their distinguished undergraduate teaching.

2016 Honors in French

April 28, 2016

We are truly proud of our students!

Lucas Godley, a double major in French and Linguistics, has been awarded a John Phillip Couch Scholarship to study in Montpellier in the fall of 2016.

And the following graduating seniors will be English language teaching assistants in France this coming year 2016-2017, on the TAPIF program:

  • Renata Barsanti
  • Tyler Clay
  • Tita Gonzalez
  • Mike Jacobs (’15)
  • Molly Jernigan
  • Morgan Martinez
  • Rachel Poulin
  • Nathalie Shearin


Statement from the Department of Romance Studies Faculty Regarding House Bill 2

April 10, 2016

The faculty of the Department of Romance Studies at Chapel Hill affirms and recognizes the University’s Policy Statement on Non-Discrimination (as revised October 2, 2015) as in full force and effect, and urges the North Carolina General Assembly and the Governor of North Carolina to repeal N.C. Sess. Laws 2016-3.

UNC-Chapel Hill is a world-class research university that serves the people of the State of North Carolina by attracting and retaining the very best faculty, staff, and students from around the state, the country, and the world. The provisions of the recently passed House Bill 2 (HB2) purport to “supersede and preempt any ordinance, regulation, resolution, or policy” (N.C. Gen. Stat. § 143-422.2 as amended by Sess. Laws 2016-3) concerning discrimination in employment and contracting that exists in a unit of local government or political subdivision of the State, and therefore are inconsistent with UNC-CH’s current non-discrimination policy, which is “not to discriminate on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation or veteran status.” Nullification of non-discrimination policies in municipalities surrounding UNC-CH would make our mission and interests impossible. Therefore, repeal of HB2 is the only possible course of action if the State of North Carolina will continue to maintain its world-class university.  The text of the current policy on non-discrimination is posted at

Rosa Perelmuter wins University Diversity Award

March 30, 2016

Rosa PerelmuterThe Department of Romance Studies congratulates Professor Rosa Perelmuter, director of the Moore Undergraduate Research Apprentice Award and Professor in our department, on being selected as a 2016 recipient of the University Diversity Award, which “recognizes significant contribution to the enhancement, support and/or furtherance of diversity on the campus and in the community.”   Professor Perelmuter will receive the Faculty Award for this year.  For more information about the award and this year’s recipients please visit:

Spring 2016 Phi Beta Kappa Initiates

March 22, 2016

The Department of Romance Studies is pleased to announce that the following majors will be initiated into Alpha of North Carolina Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa!

  • Sarah Chaney
  • Brianne Nicole Marino
  • Claire Rolin Nielsen
  • Rachel Bethany Poulin
  • Julia D Simpson

Congratulations on this hard-earned honor!