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2013 Phi Beta Kappa Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching to Yanfang Tang

tang_yYanfang Tang is a Professor of Chinese Studies in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at the College of William and Mary.  She is the Director of the Chinese Studies Program and also serves as the Director of the Confucius Institute at the College.

She received her Ph.D. from The Ohio State University in December, 1993. Before arriving at W&M in 1994, she had taught at Michigan State University and Brigham Young University. Although her doctoral training was primarily in classical Chinese poetry and East-West comparative literary theory, she has expanded her course offerings, since her arrival at W&M, to include Chinese cosmology, Yi jing (the Book of Changes), women in traditional Chinese literature, film and Chinese modernization, contemporary Chinese society, the history of the Chinese language, and Chinese behavioral culture. These courses were developed all in response to the rising interest of W&M students in learning about China and Chinese culture.

Professor Tang’s research interests also span a broad range of fields, with the analysis of “culture” as the connecting theme. She has published on poetry and philosophy, culture and text, language and thought, language and communication, as well as integration of culture with Chinese language acquisition. In addition to a  textbook project, she is currently working on a book entitled Meaning without Words: Mind and Methods of Traditional Chinese Poetry. This is a new study of traditional Chinese “modern-style poetry” (jin ti shi) focusing on the underlying philosophical and artistic thought and its embodiment in the distinctive Chinese modes of poetic expression. In terms of professional service, Professor Tang sits on two editorial boards and serves as a manuscript reviewer for many academic journals and presses.

Faculty Awards PBK Award

PBK Award for Excellence in Research for 2012: Rob Leventhal

Rob is Associate Professor of German Studies at the College of William and Mary, where he teaches German language, literature, thought and culture from the 18th century to the present.

1975-1982 Stanford University, Ph.D. in German Thought and Literature (1982)

1976  Stanford University, M.A. in German Literature, with Distinction (September, 1976)
1979-1980 Institut für deutsche Philologie, Ludwig-Maximillian-Universität, Munich, West Germany. DAAD Research Fellow
1975-1976  Fellowship of the Foreign Academic Office (Akademisches Auslandsamt), Friedrich-Wilhelm-Universität, Bonn, West Germany
1971-1975 Grinnell College. B.A. in German and Philosophy, with Honors. Phi Beta Kappa, Grinnell College
1973-1974 Albert-Ludwigs-Universität, Freiburg, Germany
1973 Goethe Institut, Freiburg, Germany

Faculty Awards PBK Award

PBK Faculty Award for 2009: Silvia Tandeciarz

Silvia Tandeciarz earned her M.A. in English from Stanford University (1988) and her Ph.D. in Literature from Duke University (1995). She has been at the College since 1999.

A specialist in Latin American Cultural Studies criticism, she is particularly interested in Southern Cone cultural production post-dictatorship. Her current research focuses on contemporary visual, spatial, and performative cultural initiatives in Argentina that serve to process and transmit traumatic memories of the last dictatorship. She is also a translator and a poet.

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Faculty Awards PBK Award

Phi Beta Kappa Award for the Advancement of Scholarship for 1993: Francie Cate-Arries

Francie Cate-Arries completed her Ph.D. at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and joined the faculty of the Department of Modern Languages & Literatures at the College of William & Mary in 1986. She is a professor of contemporary Spanish cultural and literary studies, and teaches courses at all levels of the curriculum, including Fundamentals of Literary Criticism; The Art & Literature of the Spanish Civil War; Film under Franco; Literary Landscapes of Spain, 1800-2012; Phantasms of Francoism: History, Literature, Memory; and language courses at all levels.

Prof. Cate-Arries regularly serves as a faculty adviser for W&M’s Semester in Sevilla program (est. 2007), which includes an innovative “International Service-Learning Internship” opportunity for qualified students. She also frequently directs the W&M Summer in Cádiz, Spain program, celebrating its 10 year anniversary in 2013. She supervises on-site undergraduate research projects about contemporary topics in today´s Spain related to, for example, women´s issues, cinema, immigration, historical memory, music, commemorative cultures, and youth cultures.

She is a 2007 recipient of the State Council of Higher Education of Virginia´s Outstanding Faculty Award, and received the Plumeri Award for faculty excellence in 2010.

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