Published on March 4, 2016 by Sean Flynt
Angela Ferguson with WLAC chair Mike Ledgerwood
The Alabama Germany Partnership honored Samford University World Languages and Cultures professor and director of international education Angela Ferguson at its annual dinner March 3. The organization’s Barbara Fisher Education Award recognizes Ferguson’s “exceptional devotion to teaching German language and culture.”
Ferguson spent her early years in Kaiserslautern, Germany, where her father was working as a pastor in a European Baptist Church. She joined Samford’s faculty in 2004 and serves as the university’s director of international education as she continues teaching and coordinating Samford’s German courses. Her research interests include early modern German poetry, women’s studies, German film and using technology in the foreign-language classroom. She is a recipient of both Fulbright and DAAD awards to study in Germany.
Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. The Wall Street Journal ranks Samford 1st nationally for student engagement and U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 66th in the nation for best undergraduate teaching and 104th nationally for best value. Samford enrolls 5,683 students from 47 states and 19 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference, and ranks 3rd nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.