William Calin

Title: Literature Educator

Location: Gainesville, Florida, United States

William Calin, Literature Educator, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in higher education.

Dr. Calin is honored for career longevity for more than five decades of teaching in higher education. Starting out in 1960 as an instructor at Dartmouth College, he has lead by example in his career, working at some of the top universities in the country. Since 1988, he has held the role of graduate research professor at the University of Florida, Gainesville. He had previously been the Florida Foundation Research Professor at the institution, serving this role from 1998 to 2001. Reaching back farther into his career, Dr. Calin has been the head of the department of romance language at the University of Oregon, and a professor at Stanford University. Furthermore, he has been an Edwin Arnold visiting professor at Whitman College, and a visiting professor at Université de Poitiers in France.

Dr. Calin’s journey into teaching was guided by his own academic pursuits. In 1957, he earned a Bachelor of Arts from Yale University. He continued at the institution to receive a PhD in 1960. Throughout his career, he has maintained affiliation with various organizations to continue developing professionally. Dr. Calin has served as the president of the Provençal and Catalan Division of the Modern Language Association of America. He has been the international vice president of the Association Internationale d’Études Occitanes amd the president of the International Courtly Literature Society Division, South Atlantic Modern Language Association. In addition, Dr. Calin has held presidential positions with the International Machaut Society, the Modern Language Association of America, Medieval French Division and the American branch of Société Rencesvals.

Dr. Calin has penned several significant books relating to literature, French culture and modernism.  Some of these include, “The Lily and the Thistle: The French Tradition and the Older Literature of Scotland” in 2014, “The Twentieth Century Humanist Critics: From Spitzer to Frye” in 2007 and “Crown, Cross and Fleur-de lis: An Essay on Pierre Le Moyne’s Baroque Epic Saint Louis” in 1977. His work has garnered him numerous awards throughout the years, including a fellowship for the Center Reformation and Renaissance Studies and for the Northrop Frye Centre at the University of Toronto. Additionally, he has received endowment funds and grants.

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