October 23, 2019
Dr. Robert Fischer, professor of French, retired in 2016 after 43 years of teaching, scholarship, and service at Texas State. He was subsequently recognized as a Distinguished Professor Emeritus. As chair of the Department of Modern Languages for more than 30 years, he played a critical role in building a department known for teaching excellence and for high standards in scholarship. He maintained a strong research record, publishing books and articles and delivering papers, speeches, and lectures at universities and conferences in the US and around the world. He also served as one of 12 scholars nationally who advised the President of the US on matters related to language teaching and learning.
Fischer's specialization was computer-assisted language learning. In the 1990s he secured over $1M in grant funding from the Fund for the Improvement of Secondary Education (FIPSE), the Mellon Foundation, and other agencies. These grants supported cutting-edge work in computer-assisted language instruction. Fischer remained professionally active over the course of his career, serving both as president of the Computer-Assisted Language Instruction Consortium (CALICO) and as the long-time editor of the organization’s publication program. In 2014, CALICO published a Festschrift in his honor.
April 21, 2017
It is with great sadness that the Department of Modern Languages announces the passing of Dr. Louis Brister, who was a Professor of German in the department from 1966-2005 and served as its chair in the early 1970s. He was the author, editor, and translator of journal articles and books, most notably John Charles Beale’s Rio Grande Colony (2008) and Mexican Prisons: The Journal of Eduard Harkort, 1832-1834 (1986).