Professor Bruce Pauley of University of Central Florida Awarded High Austrian Decoration

Professor Bruce Pauley of University of Central Florida Awarded High Austrian Decoration

The Federal President of the Republic of Austria has awarded Professor Bruce Pauley, Professor Emeritus of History at the University of Central Florida, the Austrian Cross of Honor for Scholarship and Art, First Class. As one of the most distinguished American scholars on Austrian history, Professor Pauley has been recommended by several renowned scholars for this highly esteemed award, which will be presented by Austrian Ambassador to the U.S., Dr. Christian Prosl, during a ceremony on April 6, 2010, at the Residence of the Austrian Honorary Consul in Orlando, Florida.

The Austrian Cross of Honor for Scholarship and Art, First Class has a long history dating back to the 19th Century, and was re-established in its current form in 1955. The award honors Austrians and foreign leading figures, who have “distinguished themselves and earned general acclaim through especially superior creative and commendable services in the areas of the sciences or the arts.”

Bruce Pauley is one of the most highly respected and renowned experts on Austria in the United States. During the course of his many years of teaching and research, he has made significant contributions toward promoting research on the history of Austria, completing five scholarly books on the subject. He also represented Austrian Studies on innumerable panels and committees, has served on the Editorial Board of the Austrian History Yearbook and is also a member of the Society for Austrian and Habsburg Historians.

In addition to dedicating the last thirty-five years to teaching modern European history at the University of Central Florida, Professor Pauley has taught at the University of Wyoming and at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, as well as at the College of Wooster and the College of William and Mary. He holds degrees from Grinnell College (Iowa), the University of Nebraska, and the University of Rochester (New York).

Only recently retired, he has devoted a lifetime of work and achievement to Austrian culture in the U.S. As a tribute to his significant contribution toward strengthening Austrian-American relations, Professor Pauley will be awarded the honorable decoration by the Republic of Austria.