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Ann Abbott, Spanish and Portuguese, named recipient of LAS Academic Professional Award

11/21/2016  8:00 am

Ann Abbott, Director of Undergraduate Studies and Associate Professor of Spanish and Portuguese, was one of three U of I employees who received a College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) Academic Professional Award for 2016-17.

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences established the LAS Academic Professional Awards in 1993 to identify and honor selected academic professionals for their outstanding contributions to the college.

Professor Abbott previously received the University Distinguished Teacher-Scholar Award and the Chancellor's Academic Professional Excellence (CAPE) Award. Her work focuses on student learning outcomes in, as well as critical analysis of the following: foreign language community service learning, social entrepreneurship, social media and languages for specific purposes. She also is active on social media (

The LAS Academic Professional Awards program is sponsored by alumni and friends of the college. Up to three awards may be made annually. The LAS Awards Committee, assisted by previous winners of this award, reviews and ranks the nominations received. Final recipient recommendations are approved by the dean of the college.

The other two recipients this year were Anna Ivy of the Department of English, and Melissa Reedy of the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology.