Story posted May 13, 2005
Assistant Professor of Romance Languages Katherine Dauge-Roth has been named the recipient of the 2005 Sydney B. Karofsky Prize for Junior Faculty at Bowdoin College. The award was announced at the College's annual Honors Day ceremony May 11, 2005.
The Karofsky Award is given annually to "an outstanding Bowdoin teacher who best demonstrates the ability to impart knowledge, inspire enthusiasm, and stimulate intellectual curiosity."
The highly prestigious award is conferred by the Dean for Academic Affairs in consultation with the Committee on Appointments, Promotion and Tenure, on the basis of student evaluations of teaching.
Dauge-Roth is widely known as an innovative and stimulating teacher who ignites in students of all levels a passion for French language and culture. Her teaching interests span disciplines, from Medieval and early modern French literature, to explorations of gender, medicine, and history.
Dauge-Roth's teaching methods are equally diverse. Her courses have included theatrical scenes performed by students and sophisticated discussions of issues in contemporary France, informed by Web resources. Dauge-Roth also has taken her students to Salem, Mass., on Halloween as fieldwork for her popular course on the history of the occult.
Her research areas include highly original examinations of demonic possession, religious and mystical writing, and the history of tattooing. Current work examines 17th-century body-marking practices among French nuns, which she plans to publish in her upcoming book, "Signing the Body in Early Modern France."
Dauge-Roth earned her A.B. from Colby College and her M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She joined the Bowdoin faculty in 1999.
The Karofsky Prize is given by members of the Karofsky family, including Peter S. Karofsky, M.D. '62, Paul I. Karofsky '66, and David M. Karofsky '93, to honor distinction in teaching by untenured members of the faculty.
Former Karofsky Prize winners have included: Arielle Saiber, 2004; Rachel Beane, 2003; Marc Hetherington, 2002; Takeyoshi Nishiuchi, 2001; and Nancy Jennings, 2000.