College Faculty Member Receives Prestigious Language Awards

Release Date: Wednesday, December 5, 2012

PHILADELPHIA, PA –Mary Helen Kashuba, SSJ, DML, professor of French and Russian at Chestnut Hill College, has received two awards for her passion for the French language and culture and for her professional leadership in world languages and cultures. 


Sister Helen KashubaSister Mary Helen Kashuba was presented the Leadership Award from the Pennsylvania State Modern Language Association (PSMLA) for her outstanding professional leadership on November 16 at the annual American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) meeting in Philadelphia.


She was also promoted to officier in the Palmes Académiques on November 17. François Delattre, the Ambassador of France to the United States, presented the award. The Palmes Académiques is given for outstanding service to France and the promotion of French language and culture. The award was instituted by Napoleon in 1808 and has had the longest existence of all French decorations. It is the highest academic award given by the French government to French nationals and foreigners and the nomination must be approved by the French Prime Minister and the Minister of Education.


Kashuba has taught at Chestnut Hill College since 1963. She received her A.B. from Chestnut Hill College, her M.A. from Fordham University and her Ph.D. from Middlebury College in Vermont. She has received numerous awards and honors, including a Fulbright Grant to France, two study grants to Russia, the Dorothy Ludwig Award for Excellence in Teaching, the PSMLA Educator of the Year Award and the Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching.


She has authored more than 40 scholarly articles printed in the United States and abroad, including the Modern Language Association and L’Amitié Charles Péguy. Kashuba also wrote “Tradition and Risk,” a history of Chestnut Hill College, and several other publications about the history of the Sisters of Saint Joseph.