Fairfield Citizen

Fairfield French Professor gets honor from homeland.

May 11, 2011 at 4:29 pm by Linda Conner Lambeck

FAIRFIELD _ It’s an honor created by Napoleon in 1806 to pay tribute to the leading scholars at the University of Paris. Since 1866 it has been open to foreign nationals for their contributions to French culture. This month, the French government presented Fairfield University faculty member Jacqueline De La Chapeel Skubly with the L’Ordre des Palmes Académiques Award.

Skubly, an adjunct professor at Fairfield, as well as Sacred Heart University and  Housatonic Community College in Bridgeport , teaches modern languages and literatures. The award was presented to her during an hour long ceremony at the university. Yolanda Bosman from the Consulate General of France presented Skubly with the award.

The Ordre des Palmes Académiques is a French honor society that recognizes academics and educators for their contributions to the teaching and dissemination of French language and culture.

Skuby said she was proud and surprised to be chosen for the honor.

Skubly’s induction into L’Ordre des Palmes Academiques recognizes her extraordinary accomplishments over a 50-year career as an educator. “

Vincent Morrissette, an adjunct professor in the modern languages and literatures department, who nominated Skubly, said for his colleague, the  honor is akin to receiving the official seal of approval from the mother country.

Skubly was born and educated in Paris, and later moved to Bridgeport where she became a U.S. citizen. She is a retired professor at Housatonic, where she served as chairwoman of the Department of Foreign Languages. Earlier in her career, she served as language coordinator for intensive courses in French language for the Peace Corps at Dartmouth College. For several years she was a reader for the College Board of Advanced Placement Test for French essays.