Dr. Noëlle Mathis receives Dean's Convocation Medal

June 09, 2014

Dr. Noëlle Mathis completed not one but two doctoral degrees in only three years. She was the first student to write her PhD dissertation in French at SFU and she was also the first SFU student to complete a cotutelle — a joint double degree — with Université d’Avignon et des Pays de Vaucluse in France.

Dr. Mathis' dissertation on Plurilingual Identities and Textual Creation in French as a Second Language received the highest distinction possible in the French doctoral system, and today we are pleased to bestow one of the highest recognitions in the Canadian academic system.

Dr. Danièle Moore, her supervisor, says, "Noëlle Mathis has undertaken internationalization as a social and ethical responsibility, to protect and enhance learning opportunities for multilingual learners in our second language classrooms and at university."

As a graduate student, Dr. Mathis organized workshops for her fellow students in both France and Canada on academic writing in French, and she served as an agent of change, strengthening collaborations between countries and facilitating more meaningful international collaboration and engagement. She says, "thanks to prof. Danièle Moore, Diane Dagenais, Steve Marshall, Cécile Sabatier, and fellow LCL students for their on-going support!"

As a graduate student, she has presented papers at ten international conferences in Canada, France, Switzerland, Algeria and the US. She has also published four solo-authored articles in prestigious journals since 2012, with two additional chapters in press.

On behalf of SFU, we congratulate Dr. Noëlle Mathis on her outstanding achievements which are being recognized with the award of the Dean of Graduate Studies Convocation Medal as one of SFU's most outstanding graduate students from the Faculty of Education.

See also: All 2014 Convocation Award Winners

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