Languages and Cultures
West Chester University
Dr. Israel Sanz-Sanchez
Acting Chair January-June 2016
224 Mitchell Hall
West Chester, PA 19383
In May of 2013, department and university colleagues congratulated Dr. Erminio Braidotti on his retirement.
When Erminio announced his retirement plans, the news was met with mixed emotions: heartfelt wishes for him
and his family, and heavy-heartedness among department faculty who would lose an engaged colleague whose visible
presence, admirable work ethic, and untiring commitment to teaching always distinguished him on our campus and
within the department. Erminio was the first WCU professor to receive the inaugural Lindback Distinguished
Teaching Award in 1998. His inspired teaching continues to serve as a model for faculty, for his leadership
in this area made him a strong advocate for student learning and faculty development. It is thanks to
Erminio that the department has been able to expand its reach with courses on Latin American cinema, culture
clusters and Spanish language and literature offerings, as well as his coordinatorship of the Italian language
program, not to mention his teaching of Latin and effective advising. At the time Erminio started his career
at WCU in 1978, the department was in its early stages of evolution, and we are most grateful that he was
here to help steer and influence its growth through his immeasurable service, ability to compromise, and
willingness to collaborate. As a humanitarian, Erminio has been tireless in his efforts to instruct, enlighten,
and create a sense of community and acceptance where respect for the individual is one of the fundamental tenets
of engagement, be it intellectual, political, or socio-cultural. His tangible contributions reveal his passion
for scholarly inquiry, an accomplished service agenda, and a deserved reputation for curiosity and creativity.
Dr. Braidotti established the Braidotti-Lombardi Award in the Department.
We wish Erminio well in his next chapter of professional and personal pursuits.