Carlos D. Fandal began a long and productive career in language education as a high school teacher in 1960. By 1968 he had earned the PhD in Romance Languages from LSU and had assumed a position on the faculty of ULM, where he became the first head of the Department of Foreign Languages and later Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and the first Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. After his retirement in 2009, he received the distinction of Professor and Dean Emeritus.
During his years at ULM, Dr. Fandal was a driving force in French language education throughout the state of Louisiana. The French government recognized his contributions to the study of French and the Francophone culture by knighting him as a Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Palmes Academiques in 1977 and later as an Officer dans l’Ordre des Palmes Academiques in 1987. He helped found the Louisiana Foreign Language Association and served on the committee which developed the Council on the Development of French in Louisiana. As the chairman of the CODOFIL Consortium, he was one of the original signers of the accords between Louisiana and France and Belgium. He again chaired the delegation when the accords were renewed in 1986. He was instrumental in establishing the program for recruiting elementary and middle school teachers in Quebec, Belgium, and France to teach in Louisiana.