Georgiana Galateanu, lecturer in the department of Slavic, East European and Eurasian languages and cultures at UCLA, was honored by the President of Romania, Klaus Iohannis, with the Cultural Merit Decoration for promoting the teaching of Romanian language, literature and civilization abroad.

This was one of only two awards presented to American scholars in connection with Romanian Language Day, which this year coincided with centennial celebrations of the unification of Transylvania and Romania. The award was presented to Galateanu on Aug. 31.

From 1993–1994, Galateanu served as the co-chair for the English as a foreign language interest section of the organization Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages. She was a Fulbright lecturer and scholar at UCLA from 1990–1993, and served as a member of the Romanian Ministry of Education’s foreign languages board from 1974–1990.