University of North Georgia (UNG) professor Dr. Elizabeth Combier was honored by the Foreign Language Association of Georgia (FLAG) as Professor of the Year for 2016 in the Post-Secondary division, shining brightest among more than 1000 members of FLAG.
FLAG is a non-profit association of instructors, administrators and others involved in world language teaching and the promotion of cultural understanding.
Combier has been at UNG since 2001, where she has served as the faculty associate to the vice president of academic affairs. Currently, she serves as the Spanish department chair, where she oversees more than 30 faculty members.
She has extensive international experience having lived in France, Mexico and Quebec, and brings those perspectives to her classroom teaching. She has been honored many times for her teaching, including being named Distinguished Professor by the UNG Alumni Association in 2010.
Combier earned her PhD in Romance Languages from the University of Georgia, specialized in Spanish Golden Age Theater with a secondary emphasis in Shakespearean theater and also has a master’s degree in French from the University of South Carolina-Columbia. She has directed more than a dozen plays in both Spanish and French at UNG and encourages theatrical performance in her classes as a medium for second language learning.