Joseph Michel, professor of foreign language education and curriculum and instruction, died on November 1, 2003. He was 81 years old.
Born in Autlan, Mexico, on March 19, 1922, Michel graduated from high school in Louisiana in 1939. He received a B.A. degree from De La Salle University in Louisiana in 1944. In 1952, he received his M.A. degree from the Universidad Nacional de Mexico, and in 1961, he graduated from the University of New Mexico with a Ph.D. His graduate work focused on Spanish and Latin American literature.
Professor Michel joined the UT faculty in 1962 as director of the Foreign Language Education Center. At the time, the center was under the auspices of the College of Humanities, but it is now housed in the College of Education. He contributed greatly to the growth of the center during its early years.
Dr. Michel was a Fulbright Scholar and lectured and contributed to programs in Chile, Denmark, England, Mexico, Peru, and Spain. In 1973, Professor Michel accepted a position as dean of the College of Multidisciplinary Studies and professor of Foreign Language Education at The University of Texas at San Antonio. He remained at UTSA until his retirement in 1986.
Dr. Michel was survived by his wife of 44 years, Mary Virginia, and two step-daughters, Lee Weller Callaway and Sue Murray Ryan.
Sue Alexander Greninger, Secretary
Office of the General Faculty
Biographical sketch prepared by Jennifer Morgan and posted on the Faculty Council Web site
on June 7, 2007. Additional information can be found in the Office of the General Faculty, WMB 2.102, F9500.