Published on February 7, 2018 by Sean Flynt  
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Samford University World Languages and Cultures professor (French) Heather West was honored with the American Association of Teachers of French (AATF) Prix d’Excellence Award at the Alabama World Languages Association meeting Feb. 2-4. The Alabama Chapter of AATF presented the award, which is the highest honor it offers.

West founded the Samford in France program in 1996 and has coordinated the study abroad experience for many students in Grenoble and Paris. She has frequently been honored for her teaching and service in professional associations. In 2015 she was named a Chevalier de l’Ordre des Palmes Académiques (Knight of the Order of Academic Palms) by the government of France for her eminent service to French education and contribution to the prestige of French culture.

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 37th in the nation for best undergraduate teaching and 97th nationally for best value. Samford enrolls 5,758 students from 48 states and 22 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.