Lajos R Elkan, PhD

Lajos Elkan

Title: French Educator
Company:  Long Island University
Location:  Forest Hills, New York, United States

Lajos R Elkan, PhD, French educator, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in foreign languages and literature.

Dr. Elkan is an award-winning educator who is proof that working hard and perseverance can result in achieving your goals. Growing up in Hungary, he always wanted to be a teacher, but because of the communist regime of the country at the time, he was not accepted to university due to his family’s socioeconomic background. When he had the opportunity to leave the country during its revolution in 1956, he moved to Switzerland, a country that was very generous to those who wanted to study. He graduated from Lausanne University in 1960 and began his dream: he became a teacher at the College Champittet in 1961. From there, Dr. Elkan moved to the United States and pursued his graduate and doctoral education. He earned a Master of Arts in French literature from the City University of New York in 1969 and a PhD in French literature from Columbia University in 1977.

Highly respected in the academic community, Dr. Elkan held many noteworthy roles throughout his teaching tenure. He concluded his career in 2007 as a professor of French for Long Island University, where he previously chaired the department of foreign languages. In total, he worked at the university for 27 years. Upon his retirement, he was honored with an emeritus title for his tremendous impact to the campus and collegiate community. Other positions held during his career include assistant professor for Dowling College and lecturer in French for the City University of New York. A lifelong learner in his own right, Dr. Elkan was committed to his professional development throughout his career and remained at the top of his field through his work with the Modern Language Association, the Society of American Professors and the American Semiotic Society. Looking to the future, Dr. Elkan intends to continue enjoying his retirement by indulging himself in French literature and writing fiction of his own.

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