Robert D. Peckham, Ph.D., Médaille d’Or de la Renaissance Française


Robert D. Peckham (a.k.a. Tennessee Bob) has taught French in public and private K-12 schools and in public, private and federal government postsecondary institutions since 1968. As a professor in the Department of English and Modern Foreign Languages at the University of Tennessee at Martin, he has given nearly a hundred professional presentations and has offered faculty technology workshops on many college campuses.

Dr. Peckham has published articles, notes and reviews in The Modern Language Journal, The French Review, French Studies, Speculum, Fifteenth-Century Studies, The American Association of Teachers of French National Bulletin, The Echo: Journal of the Tennessee Foreign Language Teachers Association, The Language Journal – New York State Association of Foreign Language Teachers, The Baylor Educator, Tennessee Philological Bulletin, Studies in Medievalism, Foreign Language Notes, The Forum of Phi Sigma Iota, and La Gazette de l’École française de Middlebury. His book on the French medieval poet François Villon is in major research libraries around the world.

He is on the board of editors for Tennessee Foreign Language Association Journal, is the founding editor of the Société François Villon Bulletin, and is the director of Globe-Gate Intercultural Web Project, including the Andy Holt Virtual Library. He is also the founder of the French vocal-instrumental duet “Au Coeur du Vent”. He was national vice president of the AATF and is currently chair of its Commission on Advocacy.

Dr. Peckham was a recipient of the Prix de l’Amicale (Middlebury, 1971), the Commander’s Public Service Award (West Point, 1987), the Jacqueline Elliott Award for service and research from the Tennessee Foreign Language Teachers Association (1996), and the Robert J. Ludwig National Distinguished Leadership Award (NYSAFLT, 2008). In 2009, Dr. Peckham was named Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Palmes Académiques by the French government.

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