UAB wins multiple awards at annual Alabama World Languages Association conference

The strong showing of UAB representatives at the AWLA conference reflects the university’s dedication to language education and highlights the exceptional talent nurtured within its academic community.
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The University of Alabama at Birmingham made a significant mark at the annual Alabama World Languages Association conference, with its alumni, students and faculty clinching prestigious awards.

Among the standout achievers was Lincoln Maclean, a graduate student from UAB’s School of Education, who was honored with the Promising New Teacher (K-12) award for his outstanding contributions at Tuscaloosa Magnet Schools. Maclean is currently pursuing a master’s degree in secondary education with a specialization in Spanish.

Adding to the university’s accolades was Yoshiyuki Hara, Ph.D., assistant professor of Japanese in the College of Arts and SciencesDepartment of World Languages and Literatures. He received the Promising New Educator (postsecondary) award, underscoring UAB’s commitment to fostering excellence in higher-education language instruction.

Two UAB alumni also received awards, with Brandon Cole receiving the AWLA Teacher of the Year award and Ansley Godwin receiving the Spanish Teacher of the Year award.