In addition to these service and professional activities, having served in the academic senate at UGA as well as the University Council, Assaf teaches a First-Year Odyssey seminar on the civilization of ancient Egypt.
As a new professor whose arrival coincided with that of the computer age, Assaf was instrumental in helping the Romance languages department become more computerized. His continued engagement with that aspect of his professional life is one of the tools that keep him connected to his students and helps him lead them to so many new and wondrous places.
The remarkable tools he puts together for his FYO students on Egyptian culture can be found here. Romance languages is a dynamic Franklin College unit, one of that holds the keys to many worlds of culture, philosophy and communication - all for the asking. As we are prone to remind every student, if you graduate from UGA without securing a proficiency in a second or third language, you have left something very important - and valuable - on the table. A table in Gilbert Hall, most likely.
Merci, Dr. Assaf.
Image: Francis Assaf by Paul Efland.