Committee(s): Executive; Student Affairs
Flore Zéphir has been teaching at MU since 1988 in the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures. She is currently a professor of French, coordinator of the Master’s program in foreign language teaching and the director of the Afro-Romance Institute. She is the immediate past chair of the department (2008-2014). She is the recipient of several awards: in 1995, she received a Kemper award for excellence in teaching; in 2003, an award for excellence in advising; and in 2004, a Faculty-Alumni award. She is well known to the campus community, having served on a number of important committees, including the Task Force on eLearning, the Strategic Planning & Resource Advisory Council (SPRAC), the Strategic Development Board of the College of Arts and Science, the FacultyCouncil, the Faculty Grievance Committee, the Student Grievance Committee, the Graduate School Fellowship Review Panel, the Committee for Undergraduate Education (CUE), the College of Arts and Science’s Curriculum, Instruction and Advising Committee, the Research Council and the MU Campus Writing Board, among many others.
Her research interests include foreign language education, bilingual education, Creole studies, sociolinguistics and ethnic and immigrant studies with a particular focus on the Haitian diaspora in the United States. Her numerous articles and review essays have appeared in important professional journals. Her first book, Haitian Immigrants in Black America: A Sociological and Sociolinguistic Portrait was published in 1996 by Bergin and Garvey; her second, Trends in Ethnic Identification Among Second-Generation Haitian immigrants in New York City, was released in summer 2001 also by Bergin and Garvey; and her third, The Haitian Americans, was published in August 2004 by Greenwood Press as part of its New Americans series. Given her expertise in the areas of bilingual, multicultural, and foreign language education, as well as immigrant studies, she has been invited to give presentations onthese topics at various universities, including Northwestern, Harvard, Vanderbilt and the University of Florida-Gainesville, among the most recent institutions. She is currently working on projects dealing with issues of francophonie, and French dialectology.