Mary Jo Muratore Awarded Curators’ Teaching Professorship
Professor of French Mary Jo Muratore says her principal objective has always been to focus on innovative scholarship and to share the processes of research and writing with students at all levels. Muratore’s dedication to her work and her devotion to her students are being recognized by the university—she was recently named the University of Missouri Curators’ Teaching Professor for 2015.
“Needless to state, the institutional recognition of a Curators' title acknowledges and confirms years of unyielding commitment,” Muratore says. “This award, the highest honor the university offers, gives me renewed energy and conviction, as I intend to work that much harder to ensure that my continuing pedagogical and scholarly efforts reflect the university’s high opinion of my contributions thus far, and its faith in my commitment to inspire and educate MU students.”
Formerly chair of the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, the Catherine Paine Middlebush Chair of Romance Languages, and Catherine Paine Middlebush Chair of the Humanities, Muratore served as the co-founding director of the Afro-Romance Institute and of the Afro Romance Studies Series (University of Missouri Press, 2000–2008). She currently serves as associate chair and director of graduate studies for the department.
Muratore has been the recipient of numerous prizes, awards, grants, and other honors during her tenure at MU. In 2014, she received the Writing Intensive Excellence Award.
In her spare time, she enjoys reading, music, gastronomical pursuits of all types, and kayaking.