Bob

Professor of French  
225-D Old Main 
Modern Languages Department
SUNY Cortland
Cortland, New York  13045 

phone:(607) 753-2027 
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Travel

trying a clarinet
Travel is great.  We love to get away and do all the things we normally don't have time to do back at school, like trying out new instruments and vacationing on the islands off the coast of France.  We have traveled extensively in most regions of France where we have many friends and relatives. 
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collecting seafood
Many of our friends work near the sea, sailing, fishing, building boats, raising oysters, or just spend lots of time by the shore.  Hunting for shellfish in the oyster beds is a prelude to a fine dinner. Getting a seagull tangled in your line isn't.
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mouette
the port in La Rochelle
My wife, Marie, is French and my children, Tom, and Emilie are both bilingual.  Our usual residence in France is La Rochelle, on the west coast.  We both taught at the university there in 2005.

In the US we have lived in New York, Illinois, and Vermont.

Our son David died suddenly in 1999. Our daughter, Emilie, is from Vietnam, where we went to get her in 2001.

Vietnam
wedding cakes made of cream puffs
We were married at the mairie de La Rochelle and in a little village where my wife's grandparents lived. 
wedding ceremony at city hall in La Rochelle
l'île du Petit Saulcy in Metz
But we have also resided in Metz (where I taught English at the university) and in Aix-en-Provence (where I was a student).
le Cours Mirabeau in Aix-en Provence
la crêperie Ker Johen in La Rochelle
I've worked in a number of different jobs in France and in the US, teaching math, physics and chemistry in French, teaching English in universities, selling trinkets to tourists, and even flipping crêpes in a crêperie where we made 180 different kinds.
Though we spend a great deal of time in France, we also love to visit Quebec.  Fresh maple candy poured out over the snow in a cabane à sucre is a personal favorite.
cabane à sucre in Québec

Education:

Ph.D. 1987.  University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  French Literature.  Dissertation: "Verbal Irony in the Short Fiction of Charles Nodier:  A Computer Assisted Study."

M.A. 1979.  State University of New York at Binghamton.  French Literature.

B.A. 1977.  State University of New York at Binghamton.  Double major: French and Comparative Literature.  Study Abroad: SUNY at Binghamton Mediterranean Studies Program in Aix-en-Provence, Spring 1975.


Work experience:

1989-: Assistant/Associate/Full Professor, French, SUNY Cortland.
2005 (spring): Visiting Professor of English, Département de Techniques de Commercialisation, IUT (University Institute of Technology), Université de La Rochelle, France. Taught business English.
1987-89: Visiting Assistant Professor, French, Middlebury College.
1984-87: Visiting Instructor, French, St. Lawrence Univ.
1980-81: Lecteur d'anglais, English, Université de Metz, France.

Various technical translations and interpretation.
English as a foreign language adult education in France.
Math, physics, and chemistry classes for French lycéens in the US.


Awards:

1995: NYSAFLT President's Award for outstanding contribution to the profession for creating and moderating the FLTEACH academic discussion forum; with Jean LeLoup.

1997: NYSAFLT Anthony Papalia Award for Outstanding Article on Foreign Language Education for "Internet Resources for a French Civilization Course at SUNY Cortland: A Pilot Project," NYSAFLT Annual Meeting Series, No. 13.

2000: Dorothy S. Ludwig Award for Service to the FL Profession from NYSAFLT; with Jean W. LeLoup.

2001: NYSAFLT Anthony Papalia Award for Outstanding Article on Foreign Language Education for “Creating standards-based activities integrating authentic materials from the WWW,” NYSAFLT Annual Meeting Series, 17 (2000), 13-20; with Jean LeLoup.

2003: Excellence in Research and Scholarship Award, SUNY Cortland.

2006: NYSAFLT Anthony Papalia Award for Outstanding Article on Foreign Language Education for “Technology and world language instruction: Where we have been, where we are now, where we are headed,” in A. L. Heining-Boynton, Ed., 2005-2015: Realizing Our Vision of Languages For All, 153-174; Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall College, with Jean LeLoup.

2011: NYSAFLT Anthony Papalia Award for Outstanding Article on Foreign Language Education for “Cultural Perspective in the Language Classroom: Providing a Meaningful Context for Communication.” NYSAFLT Language Association Journal. Vol. 61, No. 3 (Winter 2010). 11-36; with LeLoup, J. W. & Heller, W.

2011: Dorothy S. Ludwig Award for Service to the FL Profession from NYSAFLT.


Grants:

Fund for the Improvement of Post-Secondary Education (FIPSE) LxC Select SUNY Cortland Team Leader.  Project Director Stephen Straight (1995-99)

SUNY Office of Educational Technology grant for "Languages Across the Curriculum Multimedia Development Project."  Co-director with Virginia Fichera, SUNY Oswego. $121,706, 1996-98.

National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)  Teaching with Technology: Educational Development and Demonstration:  Diffusion and Dissemination grant titled "FLTEACH: Communication Technologies for Professional Development and Foreign Language Instruction." Co-director with Jean LeLoup. $50,000 outright/$10,000 matching, 1997-2001.

National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)  Exemplary Education Project: Dissemination Project grant titled "FLTEACH: A Model for Professional Development and Foreign Language Instruction." Co-director with Jean LeLoup. $167,198; 2002-2005.