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Terry Osborn

College of Ed Professor receives distinguished Scholar and Lifetime Achievement in Language Studies award

USF College of Education Professor Dr. Terry Osborn recently received the Distinguished Scholar and Lifetime Achievement in Language Studies award from the International Society of Language Studies, Inc. 

This award has only been given five times in the society’s history and is based on peer recognition, contributions to scholarly literature, and leadership in the field of language studies. Osborn is receiving this prestigious award due to his scholarship in critical pedagogy of world language education, influencing ongoing scholarship in implementing social justice themes into curriculum, and for having work that is cited by scholars all around the world for 20 years after initial publication. 

Osborn is an authority in applied linguistics and critical pedagogy. He served twice as Interim Chancellor, Vice Chancellor of Academic and Student Affairs, and was previously Dean of the College of Education at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee. Osborn taught public school for six years in Georgia and Florida. He was previously on the faculties of Fordham University, Queens College of City University of New York and the University of Connecticut.

Osborn researches and publishes in the areas of world language education, interdisciplinary education, and critical pedagogy. He was founding co-editor of Critical Inquiry in Language Studies: An International Journal.  He is Executive Director of the Florida Association of Colleges for Teacher Education.  He is editor of several academic book series in education.

Osborn's has published 16 academic books and more than 40 articles and chapters.  His research has received a number of awards, including the American Educational Studies Association's Critic's Choice Award for his book, Critical Reflection and the Foreign Language Classroom.  Osborn was awarded the Stephen Freeman Award by NECTFL for the best published article on foreign language teaching techniques.  His work on teaching world languages for social justice has been described as seminal in the field.  In 2022, Osborn was awarded the Distinguished Scholar and Lifetime Achievement in Language Studies by the International Society for Language Studies.

Osborn has been a featured expert or keynote speaker in over 29 venues, including The University of Texas, the University of Wisconsin, the University of Florida, the University of Georgia, Istanbul Technical University, Calvin College, Lee University, Rice University, Baylor University, Muhlenberg College, and Seoul National University.

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