Michèle Bissière is the golden jubilee recipient of the Bank of America Award for Teaching Excellence. She was selected from among five finalists for this award, given annually during an evening banquet offered by the Bank of America. The Department of Languages and Culture Studies has been honored with numerous finalists in recent years including Fumie Kato, Katherine Stephenson, and Anabel Aliaga Buchenau. She is the second recipient from the Department, as Ed Hopper received the award in 1986. More than 30 members of the Department were in attendance to support her along with her family.
Bissière is not only highly regarded in the Department, but has received international acclaim for her work, being named as Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Palmes Académiques (Knight in the Order of the French Academic Palms) by the French Ministry of Education, the most prestigious distinction bestowed upon instructors by the French government. She currently serves as Managing Editor for The French Review and is the coordinator for UNC Charlotte's International Film Festival, an event she launched more than 10 years ago.
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