Judith Rice Rothschild, Ph.D.



Aimee Jones, “Judith Rice Rothschild, Ph.D.,” Appalachian State University Libraries Digital Collections, accessed April 24, 2024, https://omeka.library.appstate.edu/items/show/48106.

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Judith Rice Rothschild, Ph.D.


Appalachian State University
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Aimee Jones




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Boone (N.C.)

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Professor Emerita

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Professor Emerita of Foreign Language and Literatures (French) Judith Rice Rothschild (April 22, 1930 -) was born in Manitowoc, Wisconsin, the only child of Mildred Schuette Rice and Richard Edwin Rice. In the summer of 1938, her family moved to Framingham Centre, Massachusetts, where she entered the third grade. Rothschild graduated from Framingham High School in June 1948. In 1952, she received her B.A. degree in French, with a minor in English, from Wellesley College. Her M.A. degree in French was awarded in 1955 from The Johns Hopkins University. Rothschild was an instructor in French at the Dana Hall Senior School in Wellesley, Massachusetts for the 1953-1954 school year. She joined the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan in 1959 as a Pre-Doctoral Instructor in French and became a Lecturer in French at the University of Michigan from 1960 to 1965. In 1968, Rothschild received her PH.D. in Romance Languages and Literatures with a concentration in Medieval Languages and Literatures (Old French, Old Provencal) from The Johns Hopkins University. She also passed M.A. examinations in Italian and Spanish, with a minor in Latin. Rothschild went on to be a Lecturer in French at Goucher College for a semester. From 1968 to 1969, she was a Lecturer in French at Brandeis University and was promoted to Assistant Professor of French in 1969. Rothschild left Brandeis University in 1972 to accept a position at Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts, as Assistant Professor of French. Dr. Rothschild joined Appalachian State University in 1975 as Associate Professor in the Department of Foreign Languages and Literature. In 1976, she earned the rank of professor. During her time at Appalachian, Rothschild held various leadership roles and was granted honors which include: • 1975 Voted faculty membership in Pi Delta Phi, Gamma Phi Chapter • 1975-1981 Chairperson, Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures • 1980 Faculty Development Grant, ASU Grant from Le Centre Parisien de Management, Paris, as one of twelve international university professors of French to attend a special seminar on French economics and business • 1984 Faculty Development Grant, ASU Special Seminar for International professors of French, Ecole Superieure de Commerce, Lyon (Summer 1984) • 1985-1987 Vice-President, The Southeastern Medieval Association • 1987-1989 President, The Southeastern Medieval Association • 1988 Faculty Development Grant, ASU • 1991 Nominee for the Outstanding Graduate Faculty Award, ASU • 1996 Nominee for Outstanding Undergraduate Teacher (SGA), ASU • 2001-2004 Advisory Board, North American Branch, The International Courtly Literature • 2001-2003 Vice President and President-Elect, The International Marie de France Society • 2003-2005 President, The International Marie de France Society Rothschild's professional affiliations included the American Association of University Professors, the American Association of Teachers of French, the Foreign Language Association of North Carolina, the International Courtly Literature Society, the International Marie de France Society, the Medieval Academy of America, the Modern Language Association of America, the National Women's Studies Association, the Society for Medieval Feminist Scholarship, the South Atlantic Modern Language Association, and the Southeastern Medieval Association. Rothschild is also the author of dozens of publications including two books, 12 articles, and other reviews, forewords and prefaces. Rothschild married Gerard H. Rothschild in 1956. They have one daughter, Julia Rothchild Gidney, born October 24, 1962 and a granddaughter, Davis Cecilia Gidney, born December 17, 1995. Rothschild was awarded emeritus status by the Board of Trustees in July, 2006. Since retirement, she has been researching and writing (articles and forewords; a book under contract), has been involved in community service with the Kiwanis Club of Boone, has been involved with the Boone chapter of the AARP and the Boone Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, and enjoys traveling. Sources: Personal Correspondence -Aimee Jones

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