Associate professor of French Nicole Kaplan has been awarded the Kenneth J. Weller Distinguished Professorship of the Liberal Arts. Named after Central College’s 18th president, who served 1970-90, the three-year endowed professorship recognizes a distinguished faculty member and provides support for teaching, research and scholarship. Kaplan has taught at Central since 2002 and directed Central’s Paris program until 2006, when she joined the modern languages faculty on campus.
Kaplan, a passionate advocate of study abroad and global experiential learning, said she wants to use her professorship to create more learning opportunities that cross cultural boundaries. Part of this process involves a team-taught senior capstone called Americans in Paris, that will be offered for the first time next spring.