The Tennessee Foreign Language Teaching Association has awarded the Jacqueline Elliot Award for Service in Foreign Language Higher Education to Dr. David Julseth, professor of foreign languages. Julseth has taught Spanish at Belmont since 1992. A member of the Tennessee Foreign Language Teaching Association (TFLTA) since 1992, Julseth has also served as a board member (2001-2004) and as president (2011). Throughout his career, Julseth has earned the respect and admiration of students and colleagues, and inspired more than a few students who later became colleagues. The many letters written in support of his nomination consistently acknowledge his enthusiasm and encouragement.
“Stop worrying about making mistakes,” one nominator recalls him saying. “Enjoy the language, don’t be afraid of it.”
For a remarkable career that shows no signs of stopping, for his pioneering work in service-learning and his inimitable enthusiasm in the classroom, and for the countless students he continues to inspire, Julseth is a most deserving and distinguished 3oth recipient of the Jacqueline Elliott Award for Service in Foreign Language Higher Education. The TFLTA is an organization for all foreign language educators in the state of Tennessee with the goal to promote and to advocate for foreign language education in the state, and to provide assistance and resources to those teaching foreign languages at all levels.