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French professor receives two distinguished teaching awards

(l-r) McDaniel College Provost Jeanine Stewart, French professor Martine Motard, and President Roger N. Casey.
May 23, 2014

Professor of French Martine Motard-Noar was recognized with the Ira G. Zepp Distinguished Teaching Award for inspired classroom work and dedication to students May 23 at McDaniel College’s Honors Convocation. The award provides a $5,000 honorarium for the faculty recipient and a matching fund for ongoing professional and scholarly development.

The Zepp Award is the second honor for Motard-Noar in recent months. The American Association of Teachers of French (AATF) also recognized her with its highest honor, the Dorothy Ludwig Excellence in Teaching Award.  

The national award, which will be presented at the AATF conference in July, honors “highly successful French teachers who also participate in conferences, are leaders in the foreign language field, and serve in their professional organizations.”

“The committee was impressed with your fine work as a French teacher as well as your extensive experience and high level of commitment to our profession,” wrote AATF executive director Jayne Abrate in a congratulatory letter to Motard-Noar.

Motard-Noar has published a monograph on Les Fictions d’Hélène Cixous and a variety of chapters and articles on contemporary French fiction, comic books and graphic novels. Motard-Noar teaches undergraduate classes at all levels and on a wide range of topics, such as French comics and graphic novels, French-English translation and interpretation, the history of French cinema, and 19th- and 20th-century French literature.

Her teaching routinely lauded in student evaluations and testimonials, she has organized a number of yearly activities on the McDaniel campus for several years: the Tournées French Film Festival, la Journée du français/French Day when area high school students take the Grand Concours and participate in cultural and linguistic activities sponsored by French majors and by faculty, and la Semaine du français with guest speakers and student-organized workshops. She was also instrumental this year in the launch of a short-term campus-wide faculty exchange program between McDaniel College and Université Saint-Louis, Brussels, Belgium.

A professor of French at McDaniel for the past 25 years, Motard-Noar received her M.A. in Modern French Literature from the Université de la Sorbonne-Paris IV and her Ph.D. in French from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

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