Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures

Dr. Lourdes Sánchez-López is the 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 publishes regularly in various scholarly national and international journals.

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 cofounder 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.

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