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Couch Scholarship and Teaching Assistant Program in France (TAPIF)

June 1, 2015

Congratulations to John Philip Couch Scholarship winner, Anna Taylor!

Congratulations to our Teaching Assistant Program in France winners!

Darrin Benjumea (Rouen)
Rose Davis (Grenoble)
Elizabeth Fisher (Besançon)
Rachel Johnson (Lille)
Daniel Pinelli (Limoges)
Sarah Priest (Lille)
Ashley Roddy (Dijon-waitlisted)


The John Philip Couch Scholarship was created through a generous gift to the North Carolina chapter of the American Association of Teachers of French (NC-AATF) in the will of Dr. “Phil” Couch, a longtime professor of French at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro who passed away on March 12, 2006.


The Teaching Assistant Program in France offers you the opportunity to work in France for 7 months, teaching English to French students of all ages. Each year, over 1,100 American citizens and permanent residents teach in public schools across all regions of metropolitan France and in the overseas departments of French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Martinique and Réunion.

French Majors win Fulbrights

April 17, 2015

Austin Cooper received a 2015-16 U.S. Fulbright Student grant to study the history of the Hôpital Franco-Musulman, opened in 1935 in Bobigny, a northern suburb of Paris, France. Entitled “Health and Community: The Social History of Paris’ Hôpital Franco-Musulman,” his project seeks to examine how immigration from North Africa altered the fabric of twentieth-century French society through the lens of medical practice in the nation’s most cosmopolitan region. Austin will conduct archival research and collaborate with scholars at the Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne to elaborate the role that the Hôpital Franco-Musulman played in the Muslim communities of Greater Paris. A native of Cary, NC, and a member of the UNC Class of 2014, Austin holds a B.A. with Honors in Comparative Literature and French.





Abby_PhotoGraduating senior Abby Dennison has received a 2015-2016 Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship to work in a local high school in Saint-Ouen-l’Aumône, a suburb of Paris in the Académie of Versailles. Fulbright teaching assistants facilitate English language instruction and serve as cultural ambassadors for the United States. Grantees support underprivileged populations in high-priority education areas, where most students face personal and academic challenges. As such, contact with a native English speaker is often a significant advantage in the classroom. Abby is excited to promote intercultural exchange with French students from diverse multicultural backgrounds! Her interest in the Fulbright program stemmed from her experiences studying abroad with UNC in Montpellier, where she had the opportunity to volunteer in foreign language classes at a private middle school. A native of Chapel Hill, she will be graduating this May with a B.A. in French and English Literature and a minor in Social and Economic Justice.

ROMS Welcomes First Visiting Professor

February 6, 2015

BOOMERSHINE_0699_000If you haven’t noticed, there’s a new face around Dey Hall this semester.  For the first time, Romance Studies was able to welcome Dr. Amanda Boomershine from UNC-Wilmington as a Visiting Associate Professor of Spanish Linguistics for Spring 2015.  She will be offering a course on Spanish Phonetics and Phonology as well as a course on Sociolinguistics, and we are very excited to have her on the team.

Welcome to ROMS, Amanda!

And the Chapman Family Distinguished Teaching Award goes to…

February 6, 2015

Estrada, OswaldoCongratulations to Oswaldo Estrada, this year’s recipient of the prestigious 2015 Chapman Family Distinguished Teaching Award. He was recognized on Saturday, January 24, during the half-time ceremony at the UNC-Florida State men’s basketball game in the Dean E. Smith Center. The award conveys a semester’s leave as a fellow at the Institute for the Arts and Humanities.

He is the 4th recipient of this award from our department since the award’s inception in 1993.

Many thanks to Dr. Estrada for her hard work and dedication to the Department of Romance Studies!



Glynis Cowell wins University-wide Employee Forum Award!

September 24, 2014

Cowell, GlynisThe Employee Forum Community Award (Three Legged Stool Award) is designed to recognize distinguished contributions by individuals who work to promote cooperation and collaboration among faculty, staff, and students. Nominees should be individuals who inspired creativity; promote harmony and partnerships within the University community; inspire teamwork, cooperation and participation; demonstrate new approaches to current processes; encourage, mentor and build bridges; form alliances to work collectively; or any other significant community building activities.[x]

The winner for this year is our very own Dr. Glynis Cowell.    Please join the department in congratulating her for this well-deserved honor!