Sue Barry Wins Papalia Award for Excellence in Foreign Language Teacher Education

September 23, 2014


Dr. Sue Barry, an Associate Professor in the Department of Curriculum and Teaching in Auburn University’s College of Education, has been named the 2014 winner of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages Anthony Papalia Award for Excellence in Teacher Education. Barry will receive the award in San Antonio on November 21, where she will also receive a cash prize. The award recognizes a foreign language educator who has demonstrated excellence in the preparation and continuing education of teachers for the profession.

Barry’s department head, Dr. Kim Walls, said Barry is an outstanding professional who cares deeply about the success of her students and their teaching careers.

“Dr. Barry is the consummate teacher educator and has developed innovative approaches to her graduate program,” Walls said. “The Foreign Languages Education program that Dr. Barry designed and heads is very strong and emphasizes research-based teaching methods. Also, study abroad is incorporated into the curriculum through required ethnographic studies that enhance students’ ability to teach the culture component of foreign language.”

Barry has been recognized with multiple university, state, regional and national awards in the past, and she has had a strong impact on Alabama’s schools, particularly through her contributions to the writing of state standards for world languages.

“Dr. Barry’s research and creative work is of the highest quality,” Walls continued. “Her basic research has focused on working memory and timing of reading for native English speakers vs. English second language learners. This type of data analysis is time intensive, partially due to the specialized population set, and requires specific language expertise. Here at the University, she ably and gracefully handles a complex and demanding role as Graduate Program Officer in a large and complicated department. Dr. Barry is just an excellent scholar, teacher, colleague and mentor, and is most deserving of this prestigious award.”