Tennessee educator to receive prestigious award from French authorities [fr]
Consul General of France to the U.S. Southeast will confer the insignia of Knight in the French Ordre des Palmes académiques upon Dan M. Church, Professor Emeritus at Vanderbilt University during an official ceremony. on September 30, 2015 at Vanderbilt University.
Created in 1808 by Napoleon I, the Ordre des Palmes académiques (Order of Academic Palms) is an honorific distinction that recognizes the merits, talents and exemplary activities of those who have rendered eminent service to French education and have actively contributed to the prestige of French culture. Both Foreigners and French citizens living abroad are eligible for the decoration. The Ordre des Palmes Académiques is made up of three ranks: Knight, Officer and Commander.
Professor of French at Vanderbilt University from 1967-2001, Dan Church dedicated his long career of more than 50 years to the transmission of the French language and culture through education and theatre. He also published extensively and participated in the creation of several interactive pedagogy tools for teaching French.
“It is a privilege for me to express France’s gratitude to Professor Church for his hard work and passion in favor of the French culture and language,” declared Denis Barbet.
Also named to the Order is Moira Smith, Language Department Chair at the Webb School in Bell Buckle, TN.