July 10-11, 2003
ITEM 120-1003-R0703 Authorization to Confer the Title of Professor Emeritus of Foreign Languages and Literatures upon Maureen C. Curnow; The University of Montana-Missoula
THAT: Maureen C. Curnow, Professor of French, in her 37 years of service to The University of Montana has merited the appreciation and commendation of the Board of Regents of the Montana University System, and has earned recognition as Professor Emeritus of Foreign Languages and Literatures.
EXPLANATION: Professor Curnow received her B.A. from the University of Nevada, Reno, and her M.A. and Ph. D. from Vanderbilt University. She was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Paris. In 1966 she began her career at the University of Montana.
Professor Curnow has taught a wide variety of courses at all levels, from beginning language to M.A. thesis direction, throughout her career, and has served as a stalwart support for students at every level. She was one of the initiators of the Study Abroad in France program more than 30 years ago, and has since consistently promoted international education in various venues. Her dedication to students has become legend within the Department.
Professor Curnow has contributed greatly as an administrator, serving as French Section Head, Department Chair, and Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. In each capacity she has served as an indefatigable advocate of both students and faculty. She has been an active, thoughtful participant in innumerable and various campus committees.
Professor Curnow’s research, ranging from medieval French to women’s studies, to language pedagogy, spans her entire career, and has resulted in numerous publications and presentations. She is indeed a versatile scholar, with an open mind and an eagerness to learn.
Professor Curnow has earned the appreciation of her colleagues, students and friends; The University of Montana is certainly a better place for her having spent her career here.