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Mikle Ledgerwood

Mikle D. Ledgerwood

World Languages and Cultures



  • B.A., The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • M.A., Vanderbilt University
  • M.A., University of Tennessee, Knoxville
  • Ph.D., The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


Prof. Mikle D. (Mike) Ledgerwood is Professor of French and Linguistics and Chair of the Department of World Languages and Cultures. He is a native of Oak Ridge, Tennessee and adores the Southern Appalachians. His B.A. and Ph.D. are from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and he is still a Tar Heels fan, ("If God is not a Tar Heel, why is the sky Carolina blue?"). His M.A. in history is from Vanderbilt and M.A. in French from Tennessee. He loves teaching a variety of subjects. He teaches all levels of French and especially enjoys teaching French culture and civilization. Occasionally he teaches beginning Spanish and Portuguese. He is the prinicipal foreign language teaching methods professor. He has taught French history for the Department of History and recently has added Linguistics to the areas he teaches and will teach in our new graduate program in Spanish.

Prof. Ledgerwood loves traveling, too. He has lived in France and traveled extensively across Europe. He has given papers and presentations in Europe, in Australia, Singapore, Japan, and India as well as in many American states and Canada and Mexico. In addition to his Samford position, he teaches a summer graduate course in technology and language learning for his previous employer, the State University of New York at Stony Brook. Prof. Ledgerwood is very active in his profession and is Past President of the International Association for Language Learning Technology. He also loves music. He enjoys singing in the choir at his small Episcopal church in Hoover and is a big fan of the Eurovision Song Contest (the world's most viewed non-sporting event) which he highlights in his new work in European Studies.

Finally, Ledgerwood also received the 2012 Howard College of Arts and Sciences Teaching Award, an award that surprised and pleased him.  With all of the fine teachers in Howard College, he viewed this as a signal honor, both for him and for World Languages.

Contact Information

Howard College of Arts and Sciences

World Languages and Cultures Department

Samford University
800 Lakeshore Drive
Birmingham, AL 35229

Office: CHAPM 126A

Phone: (205) 726-2747

Fax: (205) 726-2301