Congratulations to the recipient of the 2013 Post-Secondary Teacher of Excellence, Dr. Krista Chambless, a professor of Spanish and French at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
Dr. Chambless was selected as this year's recipient on the basis of her excellent teaching portfolio and letters of recommendation.
As an instructor of Spanish and French and methods for Foreign Language Teaching since 2006 and as a researcher of L2 teaching and learning, Dr. Chambless' talent is confirmed both by colleagues, who write that her dedication to research is unparalleled, and by excellent evaluations by her students. Her colleagues additionally praise her for her collegiality, for her generosity of spirit, for her willingness to serve on myriad boards, run internships and the annual UAB World Languages Camp, for fortifying study abroad programs, and for bringing language learning outside the four walls of the classroom. As a mentor to student researchers, she has developed new courses that speak to the needs of her students and has pushed the use of technology in learning at the Univeristy of Alabama at Birmingham. Above all, Dr. Chambless has never forgotten the human aspect of her work, even stepping in as a facilitator to help a colleague who had been involved in an accident and helping her to finish teaching the course via distance learning. SCOLT congratulates Dr. Chambless on this award and thanks her for her tireless efforts to promote world languages in the Southeast!