Armstrong University Professor awarded the Academic Palms [fr]
Dorothée Mertz-Weigel, Armstrong State University’s director of International Education, was awarded The Academic Palms of the Chevalier on February 16 in Savannah, GA.
Created by Napoleon in 1808, the Palmes académiques is an honorific distinction bestowed to distinguished academics and figures in the world of culture and education in recognition of their eminent service and outstanding contribution to the promotion of the French language and French culture abroad. This honor is not only given to French citizens living abroad, but to non-French nationals who have contributed to furthering French achievements globally.
Since joining the faculty at Armstrong University in 2007, Professor Mertz-Weigel has innovated the French department, resulting in a significant increase in the number of students enrolled, which has now tripled in size. She also pioneered a Francophone Film Festival as part of her curriculum in her French Club and helped develop an eMajor program.
As a true ambassador of the French language and French culture, she is also active in academia, contributing the corpus of research on French and Francophone studies. Professor Mertz-Weigel has given a number of talks and workshops, participated in many book reviews and has worked on several French textbooks. She is currently working on several projects, including a book on Alsatian identity and an intermediate French ebook.
The Consulate General of France in Atlanta acknowledges those who have made an impactful effort to promote the French culture in the district’s six states.