Dr. Cristina Sanz Announced as a Recipient of the President’s Awards for Distinguished Scholar-Teachers

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Congratulations to Dr. Cristina Sanz who was announced as a recipient of the President’s Awards for Distinguished Scholar-Teachers! These awards commend faculty who were nominated by their students and faculty peers for outstanding service to the Georgetown community and to the Academy as exemplary scholar-teachers, embodying Georgetown’s mission as a student-centered research University. To read more about the President’s Awards for Distinguished Scholar-Teachers, please visit the following link.


Cristina Sanz, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair
Department of Spanish and Portuguese
Georgetown College

Alison Mackey, Ph.D.
Professor and Director of Graduate Studies
Department of Linguistics
Georgetown College

John R. McNeill, Ph.D.
University Professor
Department of History, Georgetown College
and Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service

Italo Mocchetti, Ph.D.
Professor
Department of Neuroscience
Georgetown University Medical Center


Cristina Sanz came to Georgetown in 1994 and has been an integral member of the Georgetown community ever since. In her research, Dr. Sanz is internationally famous for her interdisciplinary research on second language development and multilingualism. Her experimental studies demonstrate the complex interplay between learning contexts such as computer-delivered instruction and immersion abroad and the individual differences that learners contribute to the process of acquiring a new language. Dr. Sanz has published over 90 volumes, articles and book chapters in prestigious scholarly venues, and her edited volume Mind and Context in Adult SLA received the 2006 MLA’s Mildenberger Award. Most recently she co-edited the Routledge Handbook of Study Abroad Research and Practice (2018). In addition to her work as Professor and Chair in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, Dr. Sanz directs the Intensive Spanish Program, the School of Foreign Service Spanish Program, the Catalan Lectureship, and the Barcelona Summer Program, which has become a model for other linguistic and cultural immersion programs. She is a beloved teacher, receiving the 2014 College Dean’s Award for Undergraduate Teaching, and a wonderful mentor of Ph.D. students who praise her thoughtful guidance. Her presence and work at Georgetown has helped gain the university an international reputation as a global leader in the theory and practice of innovative second language instruction. Dr. Sanz was nominated for this award by a chorus of faculty colleagues and her numerous Ph.D. students who have all been profoundly impacted by her generosity, brilliance, and leadership in her field.