Professor Amy deGraff, Ph.D.
Randolph-Macon College French Professor Amy deGraff, Ph.D., has been given the Outstanding
Chapter Officer award by the American Association of Teachers of French (AATF).
The award, which recognizes excellence in leadership among its officers, was presented
to deGraff on [date] at [location].
Founded in 1927, the AATF is is an organization made up of almost 10,000 college,
university and high school teachers belonging to 74 chapters throughout the United
States. Its work to support the teaching of French extends around the world and
its scholarly journal, The French Review, is highly respected and widely read.
“I join the Randolph-Macon College community in congratulating Professor deGraff
on this prestigious award,” said R-MC President Robert R. Lindgren. “Dr. deGraff’s
ongoing efforts to promote the language and culture of France have been duly recognized
and I am thrilled that she has been honored by the American Association of Teachers
deGraff has served the AATF through her work with its Virginia Chapter, first on
the executive council, then as vice-president. She currently serves as co-president
of the Virginia Chapter, along with Françoise Watts.
[name/title] presented deGraff with the award. “Through her leadership of a dynamic
and creative board, deGraff has sought to make French visible and provide support
to teachers of French throughout Virginia,” said [name of person who presented award
and gave this speech.] “She has been committed to the idea of providing ways for
teachers to stay abreast of the contemporary political and cultural scene in France
and the Francophone world. To that end she has worked collaboratively with a number
of other language organizations, including the Foreign Language Association of Virginia
deGraff has served as a member of the FLAV board, encouraging the offering of high-quality
conference sessions and workshops. She has also worked with the Virginia Department
of Education (VDOE) to organize immersion conferences for high school teachers,
which were funded by Federal grants obtained by VDOE.
In [date] 2008, deGraff was presented the prestigious Palmes Académiques by the
French government for her exceptional work in promoting French language and culture
in the United States. deGraff joined the faculty at Randolph-Macon since 1978. She
earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan, her master’s degree
from the University of Illinois, Champaign Urbana and her Ph.D. from The University
deGraff was also instrumental in bringing French film directors to Randolph-Macon
College, creating an environment in which students can learn about the vibrancy
of French cinema. During R-MC 2009 January Term, deGraff invited French film director
Françoise Marie to teach a a filmmaking course at R-MC. Marie was the sixth French
film director deGraff brought to the college, but the first to teach a January Term
Under Dr. deGraff’s leadership, a committee of the AATF in Virginia board is developing
pedagogical tools to accompany a select number film shorts and seeking ways to make
these available to high school teachers for their classes. deGraff has also worked
with the Virginia Center for the Humanities and the Cultural Services of the French
Embassy to support and promote French language and culture.