French Professor Bacholle Named CSU Professor

On June 20, the Board of Regents for Higher Education awarded the title of Connecticut State University (CSU) Professor to French Professor Michelle Bacholle for the 2019-20 academic year. A member of Eastern’s faculty since 1999, Professor Bacholle has served the University with distinction. She was promoted to associate professor in 2003 and professor in 2008.  In addition to being a tenured professor of French Studies in the Department of World Languages and Culture, Bacholle is a prolific scholar with an international reputation.

Bacholle, who was named Eastern’s Distinguished Professor in 2018, recently published her sixth book. In addition, she has 46 articles, 48 book reviews, and has presented at 5 international conferences and 46 national conferences. Her work has been published in the top journals in her field.

Bacholle also participates in governing boards, editorial boards and dissertation committees, and is a frequent speaker on Francophone studies throughout North America and Europe.

Awardees must first be nominated by a faculty advisory committee must first nominate a faculty member, receive the recommendation of the University president and CSU chancellor and finally be approved by the CSU Board of Trustees.

“Dr. Bacholle is an eminent scholar of international reputation, clearly representing the high quality and continuous professional excellence indicative of the CSU Professor title,” said Eastern President Elsa Núñez. “Her accomplishments clearly demonstrate that she has a significant body of scholarly work that is recognized internationally. She has been a leading scholar in the modern evolution of French and Francophone Studies. Her scholarship and books have received praise from around the world. Dr. Bacholle admirably fulfills the requirements for the position of CSU Professor.”

Not more than three (3) CSU Professorships are allowed in any one university at any given time. Dr. Bacholle serves as one of two CSU Professor at Eastern. History Professor Anna Kirchmann serves as the other CSU Professor.

By Dwight Bachman