Ashland University Professor Receives Award for Outstanding Research Article

Ashland University Professor Receives Award for Outstanding Research Article

11/1/16 ASHLAND, Ohio – Dr. Barb Schmidt-Rinehart, professor of Spanish at Ashland University, received the Anthony J. Papalia Award by the New York State Teacher’s Association (NYSA) for the outstanding research article of 2015. Schmidt-Rinehart accepted the award at NYSAFLT's Annual Conference held in New York on Oct. 22-23.

Co-authored by Dr. Jean LeLoup with the U.S. Air Force Academy, the article is titled "The Effectiveness of Courses Abroad as a Professional Development Model for Foreign Language Teachers," and was published in the NECTFL Review in September of 2015.

The 16-page article with charts and graphs can be seen at:

The Anthony J. Papalia Award is given annually to a NYSAFLT member who has published an outstanding article in a state or foreign language education publication. This award memorializes a distinguished past president of NYSAFLT whose writings have had a great influence in both New York State and in the nation for their contribution to research and practice in the foreign language field. Papalia was president of NYSAFLT in 1983.

Schmidt-Rinehart holds a Ph.D. in Foreign Language education and Spanish linguistics from Ohio State University, an M.Ed. in supervision from Ashland University, and a BA in Spanish from Ohio University. She currently teaches all levels of Spanish, courses in linguistics (phonetics, conversation, composition) and foreign language methodology. She also is the director of the “AU in Costa Rica Program.”

Along with LeLoup, she teaches a summer graduate class abroad for U.S. teachers of Spanish.

During her time at AU, Schmidt-Rinehart chaired the department for many years, established the Ashland Foreign Language Alliance for area teachers, and has been active on international education committees. Her research and publications focus on the homestay component of study abroad, professional development abroad for Spanish teachers, and the voseo in Costa Rico. She was the recipient of the Ashland University Taylor Teaching Award, the Ed Allen Award for Outstanding College Foreign Language Instructor from the Ohio Foreign Language Association, and the mentor award at Ashland University.

Ashland University, ranked in the top 200 colleges and universities in U.S. News and World Report’s National Universities category for 2016, is a mid-sized, private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University ( values the individual student and offers a unique educational experience that combines the challenge of strong, applied academic programs with a faculty and staff who build nurturing relationships with their students.                                                                                ###

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