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Name: Rosborough, Melanie

Historical Note:

Dr. Melanie Rosborough joined the University of Miami faculty as a Professor of German in 1927.  She continued teaching until 1968, became head of the Language Department, and participated in several organizations and committees. Dr. Rosborough acted as secretary for the American Association of University Professors (AAUP), and later became president of the organization.  She was elected Vice President and President of the Phi Betta Kappa Greater Miami Association, and in 1963 became the first woman president of the South Atlantic Modern Language Association.  In 1953, while acting as national vice-president of the South Atlantic Region of the American Association of University Women (AAUW), Rosborough secured the accreditation of the university by the association. In 1973, the AAUW created an endowed scholarship in Rosborough's name.

In addition to her membership in these organizations, Rosborough also served as Secretary for the University of Miami Faculty Council from 1951 to 1962, and acted as chairman of the Faculty Committee on Religious Activities and the University Council on Religious Affairs.  As chairman of the committees on religion, Rosborough arranged monthly meetings with clergy, and helped students organize denominational organizations. Under Rosborough's direction, the council coordinated activities and determined university policy regarding religion.  Rosborough further contributed to the university through her activities on the committee for commencement arrangements.

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