Francis John Troyan, assistant professor of Teaching and Learning Administration in the College of Education and Human Ecology, is the recipient of a prestigious Fulbright U.S. Scholar Grant by the U.S. Department of State. Troyan will be affiliated with the Université Paul Valéry Montpellier 3 in Montpellier, France, where he will work as a scholar in residence in the PRAXILING group, a community of more than 40 scholars who investigate the intersections of discourse and language systems, praxis and language use in context. As a scholar in residence in this community, Troyan will participate as a member of the Speech and Discourse PRAXILING team.
Troyan’s research, Language Practices and Ideologies in Plurilingual Education in France, will explore the on-the-ground implementation of the European language policy of plurilingualism in French public schools. The primary goal of his research is to understand the local implementation of the plurilingual policy in France through ethnographic research on teachers’ and immigrant students’ language practices in the classroom. The core of his data collection will be from January – June 2018.