1973 Outstanding Alumnus of the Year

1973 Outstanding Alumnus of the Year

Joan E. Ciruti


Ciruti courtyard

Joan E. Ciruti was born in Ponchatoula, but grew up in Hammond. She received a Bachelor’s
degree at southeastern in 1950, a Master’s degree at the University of Oklahoma in
1954, and finally her Ph.D. at Tulane University in 1959.

Ciruti taught at the University of Oklahoma from 1967 – 1963. She worked on the Language
Development Program in the U.S. Office of Education from 1969 – 1960 while on leave
from the University of Oklahoma.

She later Taught at Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, MA from 1963 – 1992. While
at Mount Holyoke she was chair of the Department of Spanish and Italian and the Latin
American Studies Program for many years, and was Dean of Studies from1971 – 1974.
She also served on numerous college committees. She the chair for the Day Gould Professor
of Spanish from 1977 – 1992. Upon her retirement in 1992 she was named Professor Emerita
and the then new Language Learning Center was renamed the Joan E. Ciruti Center for
Foreign Languages.