Faculty Awards

Curriculum Development Fellowship 2020

The Curriculum Development Fellowship aims to provide support to foreign language faculty who plan to develop teaching materias, assessment tools, and/or research designs that will benefit foreign language programs at Emory.

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The recipient for the Curriculum Development Fellowship for 2020

is Simona Muratore of the Italian Studies Program. 

Simona Muratore, Senior Lecturer in Italian (PhD in Italian Literature, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2006): Language & cultural acquisition; advanced grammar and composition; Italian art, film and literature; community-engaged learning partnerships; Italian migrant literature; social media and social transformation; the Slow Food Movement; sustainable food.

Dr. Muratore is a graduate of the Università degli Studi di Firenze, where she earned a degree in pedagogy (Diploma di laurea in Pegagogia, 1996).  In 1997, Dr. Muratore started teaching Italian language, culture and art in her native city of Florence, Italy, and subsequently, at several private and public institutions throughout Italy, Australia and the United States.  In 2003, Dr. Muratore earned a master’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and, in 2006, a PhD in Italian Literature.

Dr. Muratore received the Curriculum Development Fellowship based on her proposal for the course Italian Business Culture. The objective of this course is to design an Italian language course that combines foreign language instruction with global commerce and business studies. This interdisciplinary course, will provide Italian language students interested in becoming business professionals with an opportunity to acquire practical experience with electronic communications and business etiquette in the target culture and will accelerate mastery of the language through active engagement with Italian students and business people through multi-media platforms.  This intermediate-level course, taught entirely in Italian, will prioritize the acquisition of the practical workforce skills and the global competencies that students need to initiate a conversation with Italian-speaking businesses and prospective employers.  To develop these skills and acquire meaningful experience, students will have an opportunity to engage with Italian business-people and Italian students through electronic communication, speaker panels and other community-engaged activities, like the “Italian Business Night”.  This course will prioritize the acquisition of business-related vocabulary, an understanding of best practices for electronic communication and business etiquette, as well as the development of collaborative, presentational and oral and written communication skills among the students.

Excellence in Language Teaching Award 2018

The recipient of the Excellence in Language Teaching award for 2018 is Christine Ristaino of the Department of French and Italian


Dr. Christine Ristaino received a Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2004 and has been teaching at Emory since 2002. She is currently a Senior Lecturer in the Italian Studies Program. 

Dr. Ristaino is the co-author of Lucrezia Marinella and the Querelle des Femmes in Seventeenth-Century Italy through Farleigh Dickinson Press in 2008.  She is also the co-author of the first edition of the Italian Virtual Class, volumes 1 & 2 through Emory University’s Office of Technology Transfer in 2006 and 2007.  She has authored entries, book reviews, book chapters, and articles in Teaching Italian and Italian Culture, the Encyclopedia of Italian Literary Studies, Annali d'italianistica, the Academic Exchange, and Emory Report.  

Dr. Ristaino is also the author of The Little Girl Is Me, a memoir on identity and violence that will be coming out in the spring of 2019 through She Writes Press.  She created and is the Director of the Vision in Action Program at Emory University.  She also served as the Director of the Scholarship and Service social justice program at Emory for four years. Currently she is the faculty advisor of an Emory DACA student program that is working toward protecting the rights of undocumented students.  She is faculty advisor for QuestBridge at Emory and also advises a student group called The Survivor Anthology, which dedicates itself to publishing creative work by survivors of sexual assault.

Ristaino is a Fellow in The OpEd Project Public Voices Fellowship at Emory University and has published articles in the Guardian, Pacific Standard, the Washington Post, the Huffington Post, and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution on child advocacy, coping with violence, and topics around education.

One of Dr. Ristaino’s greatest joys is teaching and mentoring her students, so it is fitting to end with a quote from a recent graduate who minored in Italian:

 “The kindest professor I ever had. She made learning a different language enjoyable for someone who has always struggled with it. Extremely caring and wants her students to excel and have fun. Even allows students to call her if they are nervous about a test so she can help them. Seriously so nice, bubbly, and adorable. Great teacher too!”

As a colleague, Christine is invaluable and a rare gem. Whatever the circumstances, her contagious enthusiasm and dedication can always be counted on. Christine is not only a hard worker but also a gentle soul, ready to listen and encourage you every day.


Curriculum Development Fellowship 2019

The Curriculum Development Fellowship aims to provide support to foreign language faculty who plan to develop teaching materias, assessment tools, and/or research designs that will benefit foreign language programs at Emory.

The recipient for the Curriculum Development Fellowship for 2019 is Elva Gonzalez of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese.



The objective of this course is the development of linguistic and cultural understanding in the context of theatrical performance. Through close readings of texts, script analysis, memorization, development of character, and writing assignments, students develop a deeper understanding of Spanish language and Hispanic cultures through a combination of the perspectives of both disciplines, Spanish and Theater Studies. This critical/interpretive dimension will be complemented and enriched at all stages of the course by the experiential dimension, or the physical and vocal embodiment/performance of the target language and texts.

Professor Gonzalez’s project is to redesign the course Theater Workshop in Spanish by integrating story-telling as a performative genre and engaging Emory students with the playwrights and actors in the local Latino/Hispanic communities. Additionally, she will create a more standardized syllabus for the course that incorporates and emphasizes the oral storytelling component. 

Elva González will develop a workshop that demonstrate the value of theatrical techniques for teaching language and texts in other courses, particularly in language-and-culture classes at the 100 and 200 levels.

Excellence in Language Teaching Award 2017

The recipient of the Excellence in Language Teaching award for 2017 is Jonathan Master of the Department of Classics.


Jon Master received a Ph.D. from Princeton University in 2008 and has been teaching at Emory ever since. He has come to be loved and respected as one of the best teachers and mentors in a department that prides itself on fostering undergraduate students. He has taught Latin at every level, from beginning to advanced, as well as several Classics in Translation courses, including Classical Mythology, The Romans, and Masterpieces of Classical Literature. Students praise him as enthusiastic, engaging, helpful, funny, and interesting. Faculty in the department love to teach Professor Master’s students as they are well-prepared, knowledgeable, and motivated. He has turned many students who took Latin only to fulfill a language requirement into lovers of the classics and the classical world. A recent graduate, who took a class with Jon Master as a freshman and is now in a Classics Ph.D. program at Harvard, says of him, “he is one of the most engaging and provocative instructors I have had; in all of his classes, he brings to life antiquity and demonstrates its relevance to the modern world . . .. He is sensitive to the interests of his students, which he fosters and encourages. In my own case, my love of Cicero….grew up in large part from Dr. Master's willingness to stay sometimes for an hour or more after class and discuss the ancient Roman republic, its political and philosophical currents, and the shifting historical tides of the age. As I continued to have the experience of more professors at Emory, and now at Harvard, I see that Dr. Master's clarity and focus in instruction and his ability to excite his students to the study of classical antiquity are unique." Another recent graduate, a Classical Civilization minor, nominated him last year for the Academic Advising Award, saying “Working with Professor Master has been a one-of-a-kind opportunity to engage in discussion about classics and about life ... he has had more of an impact on me than any other professor."            

Professor Master has also been an active researcher, publishing in 2016 a book on the great Roman historian, Tacitus; he is currently working on a second book on the historical writing of the famous Roman philosopher and playwright, Seneca. He has also published articles on both authors. Jon Master exemplifies the energetic and caring instructor, knowledgeable of the language and its broader culture, who never fails to inspire students in the small and intense language classes that we are able to offer here at Emory.

Curriculum Development Fellowship 2018

The recipient for the Curriculum Development Fellowship for 2018 is Tsepak Rigzin of the Department of Middle Eastern and South Asian Studies.


This Curriculum Development Project in the Tibetan Language will primarily focus on creation of a new multi-media package aimed at developing spoken Tibetan skills at a faster pace for 101 Elementary Level students. The target of vocabulary will be a maximum of 100 words only. The Project will include, among others, 7 units of lessons grounded on daily activity themes. The first 2 units will concentrate on developing skills to capture the 7 basic elements ('bru-bdun) of reading and writing Tibetan. Each of the units will constitute a short video clip which will be appropriately augmented with self-help easy tools like simple exercises, quizzes, and suggested activities. The project will complement the existing sundry materials available in the market, rather than become a repetition. It is hoped to develop a creatively engaging, communicative, and full of fun kind of package for learning basic spoken Tibetan. Attempts will be made to integrate modern pedagogy into gaining the required skills of learning a language. This project would also generate appreciation of the unique Tibetan traditional cultural milieu for the benefit of our Emory students and general public to speak in Tibetan with a faster tracking tool.

Excellence in Language Teaching Award 2016

The recipient of the Excellence in Language Teaching award for 2016 is Lilia Coropceanu of the Department of French and Italian.  


Lilia Coropceanu joined the French Studies section of the Department of French and Italian in the Fall of 2007 after receiving an M.A. in French and Francophone Literatures from the University of Arizona in 2003 and a Ph.D. in French from Emory in 2007.  She was appointed to the rank of Senior Lecturer in 2013.  At Emory, she regularly teaches courses in advanced French grammar, writing skills, literature, culture, and French for business as well as the graduate pedagogy methods seminar.  She has served on numerous honors essay committees, both as thesis director and as a thesis reader.  In 2011, she assumed the position of DUS of the French program.  She regularly teaches in the Emory Summer Program in Paris, and has served as the Program Director and Faculty Associate.

Lilia Coropceanu has presented her research on second language acquisition and French literature at Emory and at national professional conferences.  In the area of French literature, her interests include: conceptions and techniques of self-constitution in French novelistic narrative (seventeenth-, eighteenth-, and nineteenth century literature).  She is the author of Faber Suae Fortunae : L’autoformation du sujet chez Mme de Lafayette, Marivaux et Stendhal. (New York: Peter Lang, 2010, in series Currents in Comparative Romance Languages and Literatures).  

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Curriculum Development Fellowship 2017

The recipient for the Curriculum Development Fellowship for 2017 is Ana Teixeira of Department of Spanish and Portuguese

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Professor Ana Teixeira is the Director of the Portuguese Program at Emory. In recent years, the Portuguese program has experienced ongoing and exciting growth. A new major in Spanish and Portuguese has been approved. Therefore there is an urgent need to thoughtfully and thoroughly examine its current courses and develop new curriculum. With the ECLC Curriculum Development Fellowship, Professor Teixeira will review and articulate the curriculum taught at our beginner courses (PORT 101, 102 and 110) and devise a strategy to implement the necessary changes for the following semesters. She will also design new curriculum for PORT 201.

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