Title: Associate Professor of Spanish, Director of the Spanish for Specific Purposes Program
Office: Humanities Building 407G
Lourdes Sánchez-López, (Ph.D. in Applied Linguistics from the University of Jaén, Spain) is tenured Associate Professor of Spanish and founding director of the Spanish for Specific Purposes Certificate program at UAB. Her scholarship/teaching areas include: Spanish for specific purposes; second language acquisition; applied linguistics; phonetics and phonology; cultural studies and foreign language pedagogy. She is co-author of Pueblos, Intermediate Spanish in Cultural Contexts (Cengage, 2006) and publishes regularly in various scholarly national and international journals. She is the editor of the anthology Scholarship and Teaching on Languages for Specific Purposes (2013). Sánchez-López is also co-author of the Transnational Classroom (TC)©, a teaching methodology where groups of students in different parts of the world are connected to learn about foreign languages and cultures while enhancing study abroad programs. Sánchez-López served as president of the Alabama chapter of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese (2006-2009). As a member of the UAB Minority Health and Health Disparities Research Center, Sánchez-López served as Chair of the Manos Juntas program, a mentoring program for UAB undergraduate Hispanic students (2008-2012). She is also the co-founder and first faculty advisor of the UAB Spanish And Latino Student Association (S.A.L.S.A.), which was established in order to preserve Hispanic cultures within the University of Alabama at Birmingham community, enhance the presence of Spanish/Latino/Hispanic students at UAB, promote awareness of issues that affect the Latino community of both the University and the Greater Birmingham area, and provide a nurturing, caring, and supportive environment for all students.
Sánchez-López received the AAFLT Outstanding Foreign Language Teacher Award: Postsecondary (2004). She received the Charles Barkley Excellence in Mentoring Award 2012 from the UAB Minority Health and Health Disparities Research Center (MHRC) for her many years of mentorship to the undergraduate Hispanic/Latino students at UAB. Most recently she has also been awarded with the Outstanding Motivating Woman Award 2013 by the Birmingham International Center.
Sánchez-López recently directed the First International Symposium on Languages for Specific Purposes (UAB, 2012). She currently holds a collaborative appointment as the Director of Multilingual Surveys at the UAB Survey Research Unit (School of Public Health).