Title: Literature and Language Professor Emerita
Company: Arizona State University
Location: Mesa, Arizona, United States
Aleksandra Gruzinska, French Literature and Language Professor Emerita at Arizona State University, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in French education.
Dr. Gruzinska was inspired to enter her field because she always had a love of learning and a passion for sharing with others. Her mother insisted that she do her very best in school, which led her in the direction of teaching. Dr. Gruzinska lived in Poland and Spain and speaks Polish, Spanish, French and English, so the path she chose to follow was to become a language and literature educator with emphasis on 19th Century French Literature. She earned a BA, cum laude and MA from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1964 and 1966, respectively. From 1968 to 1969, she was a Fulbright scholar in Paris, France. Dr. Gruzinska defended her dissertation in 1973 on “Woman and Her Mental Landscapes in the Novels of Octave Mirbeau (1848-1917).” She received her PhD from The Pennsylvania State University.
Dr. Gruzinska’s teaching career began in 1965 at Rosary Hill College in Buffalo, New York and continued in Virginia, where she was a French instructor at Sweet Briar College from 1971 to 1973. From there, she headed out west to become an assistant professor of French at Arizona State University in 1973. This was the position she held until she retired in 2016 and became an Emerita Faculty member. As a testament to her success, Dr. Gruzinska has been inducted as a member of Phi Beta Kappa, the American Society of the French Academic Palms and AMOPA. She is also listed in various editions of Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Education, and Who’s Who of American Women. Dr. Gruzinska is most proud of her career as a successful teacher and her research.
A native of rural Iowa, Dr. Martin received the A.B. degree at Knox College, earned M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in international politics and political theory at Princeton University, and served as an intelligence officer in the United States Army.
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