State association honors EMU's Dugan for foreign language service
YPSILANTI – Dr. J. Sanford "Sandy" Dugan, professor of foreign language and bilingual studies at Eastern Michigan University, has been selected by the Michigan Foreign Language Association (MFLA) to receive the Barbara Ort-Smith Award, Oct. 9, in Lansing.
The award is given to a foreign language professional for life-long dedication to education, commitment and service to professional language associations in the state. Established in 1988, the award is named in honor of Barbara Ort-Smith, Michigan’s first foreign language consultant.
“All foreign language teachers, including teachers from kindergarten through twelfth grade, are eligible, so Dr. Dugan was chosen out of a pool of thousands,” said MFLA President Colleen Meyer.
“The Michigan Foreign Language Association is an outstanding professional organization,” said Dugan. “To be honored by them is very moving.”
Dugan has been associated with the MFLA since coming to EMU in the 1970s. He served as president in 2001, and was a board member for the organization from 1998 – 2002. In addition to serving as chairman of the board in 2003, Dugan has been the technology support person for the annual MFLA conference. Among his many accomplishments, Dugan is the author of three books: “Foreign Language Annlas,” “The French Review,” and “Les Cahiers Pedagogiques.” He has taught courses in French language and culture for students at various levels, as well as courses in English as a second language.
Dugan received his bachelor’s degree in French from Yale University in 1960, his master’s in French from John Hopkins University in 1966 and his Ph.D. in French from Washington University in St. Louis, in 1973. Dugan is a resident of Ann Arbor.
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