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Kissau Named Foreign Language Teacher of the Year

Scott Kissau, an associate professor of foreign language education in the Department of Middle, Secondary, and K-12 Education, was named Foreign Language Teacher of the Year in higher education by the Foreign Language Association of North Carolina.

"Dr. Kissau distinguished himself from the other candidates by immersing himself in the education of languages and cultures and by demonstrating his in-depth involvement with growing and supporting world language teachers," said Foreign Language Association of North Carolina (FLANC) Awards Chair Delynda Ramirez-Carter.

College of Education Associate Dean Melba Spooner stated, "I have observed him teach, and from that first-hand experience, I confirm what students constantly say: that he is passionate, organized and well-planned. He asks great questions and challenges his colleagues and students to do the same."

Welcome to the Largest Class of International Students

Nearly 550 new international students have begun their studies at UNC Charlotte, making this year’s class of incoming learners the University’s largest global contingent to enroll at the start of any semester.

In total, the University is hosting about 1,900 international students who are pursuing undergraduate or graduate degrees or who are here for shorter cultural exchanges that is in addition to language training students. This places UNC Charlotte among the top 125 institutions in the United States in terms of international student enrollment.

"The quality of our graduate programs at the master’s and doctoral levels is attracting more students to UNC Charlotte," said Tarek Elshayeb, director of the International Student and Scholar Office in the Office of International Programs. He and his staff provide information, services and programs that assist international students and visiting scholars to become acclimated to campus. "We offer immigration and cultural advising and provide them with information on the array of University services available to help them succeed, often these services don’t exist at universities in their home countries."