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Glendon Asssociate Principal Academic and Research Passes Baton


<p><img style="float: right;" src="" alt="" width="300" height="225" />A message earlier this year from Principal Kenneth McRoberts informed the Glendon community that, upon completing her three-year term this July, Associate Principal Academic &amp; Research <strong>Fran&ccedil;oise Mougeon (right)</strong> will hand over her responsibilities to Professor Jerzy Kowal, currently Chair of Glendon&rsquo;s Hispanic Studies Department. <br /><br />&ldquo;Fran&ccedil;oise Mougeon has made a signal contribution to Glendon through her two tenures as Associate Principal Academic &amp; Research&rdquo;, said Glendon Principal Kenneth McRoberts. &ldquo;Over these several years, Fran&ccedil;oise could always be counted on to discharge her responsibilities with a clear sense of purpose, with a concern with rigour and fairness, and with close attention to detail. Through it all, she managed to maintain an active research program, to which she soon can give her full attention with a well-deserved sabbatical.&rdquo;<br /><br />Mougeon expresses her great love for teaching and for being in contact with today&rsquo;s youth. &ldquo;Administration provides an added dimension to the academic experience, offering a different perspective, as well as providing some insight and influence into how things function in a larger context. The administrative role also enables you to find out what other faculty members are working on and their different approaches to problems and projects.&rdquo; She appreciates the opportunity to make a difference and a positive impact.<br /><br />Mougeon has continued to do research over the years, focusing on students&rsquo; progress in their second language financed by a SSHRC grant from 2005 to 2008. The project continues in collaboration with a professor at the University of Toronto.<br /><br />&ldquo;My hope is to establish a French-as-a-second-language institute at Glendon, enlarging our research to studying students who are not specializing in languages&rdquo;, she adds. &ldquo;I have always tried to project linguistics and language studies as more than a support subject, but rather an important academic subject on its own.&rdquo;&nbsp; Mougeon is an active member of Glendon&rsquo;s <a href="" target="_blank">Centre for Research on Language Contact</a> (CRLC). Other future projects on her agenda are the establishing of a centre for advanced studies on Francophonies, which she considers a natural development for Glendon, given that relating projects are already in progress and there is a significant number of fellow faculty members on campus &ndash; a core group &ndash; who are interested in participating.<br /><br />Mougeon finds integrating research, teaching and administrative duties the most satisfying combination, a fulfilling and complete university experience. &ldquo;Each of these activities influences the others in a positive and enriching way&rdquo;, she says.<br /><br />&ldquo;I have a number of ongoing projects to hand over to [incoming Associate Principal] Jerzy Kowal.&rdquo; These include an innovative program for Francophone students choosing public relations as their future profession. The four-year program, still to be approved, will provide graduates with a Glendon BA and a Cit&eacute; Coll&eacute;giale diploma, completed at the same time. Administrators at both institutions are ready to put together a formal proposal this year and plan to place it in a future Glendon communications program, which has a long-term plan to create a journalism wing. The proposed French-as-a-second-language institute is another project to be handed over.<br /><br />&ldquo;We at York need more emphasis and more research money for the social sciences&rdquo;, adds Mougeon. &ldquo;I would also like to see a larger presence of graduate students on campus.&rdquo;<br /><br />Fran&ccedil;oise Mougeon holds a Doctorate in Linguistics and Language Sciences from the Universit&eacute; de Paris ouest Nanterre La D&eacute;fense and is a specialist in applied linguistics, French as mother tongue, and French as a second language. An associate professor at Glendon since 1986, she started her career in 1976 as a teaching advisor at the Government of Canada&rsquo;s Language Training Centre for public service employees. She is the author of <em>Quel fran&ccedil;ais parler</em>, a manual of spoken French, with an accompanying CD and website, with the title <em>Paroles francophones</em>. Mougeon has coordinated a number of research projects on applied and sociolinguistics, notably on the French sociolinguistic competence of French-as-a-second-language students, resulting in recent publications. Mougeon is co-editor of the magazine <em>Revue canadienne de linguistique appliqu&eacute;e</em>. She was the Director of Glendon&rsquo;s Masters Program in French Studies from 2005 to 2008 and was instrumental, in 2005, in developing Glendon&rsquo;s PhD program in French Studies, which has been active since 2009. She is completing her second term as Associate Principal Academic and Research, having served from 2003 to 2004 and from 2008 to 2011. <br /><br />Mougeon is taking a sabbatical year starting July 1st and will return to teaching in 2012. &ldquo;There is much to do for the new associate principal&rdquo;, adds Mougeon, &ldquo;and the two of us are spending the next few months going over every file, step by step. Jerzy [Kowal], who is a friend as well as a colleague, is a highly organized, very hard-working person with outstanding human relations and communications skills. I know that with Jerzy, Glendon&rsquo;s research and academic field will be in excellent hands.&rdquo; <br /><br /><em>Article submitted by Glendon communications officer Marika Kemeny</em></p>

Published on May 2, 2011