Tom Lovik, professor of German in Michigan State University’s Department of Linguistics and Germanic, Slavic, Asian and African Languages, received the Michigan World Language Association’s, or MIWLA, Georges J. Joyaux Post-Secondary Educator Award on Oct. 18 at MIWLA’s annual conference in Lansing.
The Georges J. Joyaux Award is given to an outstanding post-secondary faculty member or administrator who is committed to the principle of expanding Americans’ understanding of world languages and cultures to enhance their standing in education, culture and business in the world.
Lovik’s nomination received the support of administrators and colleagues who noted that he “has demonstrated time and again the depth of his commitment to expanding students’ understanding of the world with a maximum of collegiality and mentorship and a generous sense of citizenship in the world of language education beyond the boundaries of the university.”
Nominators cited his authorship of an influential German textbook, his editorship of “Die Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German,” the leading scholarly journal for German language and culture pedagogy and his service to students both inside and outside the classroom.
More information about the Michigan World Language Association can be found on the organization’s website.