Dr. José Ricardo-Osorio, Modern Languages Department chair and acting associate provost for Educational Effectiveness Assessment, was recently named the Pennsylvania State Modern Language Association’s (PSMLA) post-secondary educator of the year.

The educator of the year award is based on distinguished teaching and professional contributions in world languages and cultures. Candidates must demonstrate knowledge of the subject matter, awareness of students’ learning and growth, student rapport and professional growth and development.

“This award is an important recognition of Dr. Ricardo-Osorio’s outstanding work with our students. It is also an important confirmation of his leadership in emphasizing the importance and relevance of language teaching and learning,” said Dr. James Mike, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.

Ricardo-Osorio began his teaching career 29 years ago as an English as a Foreign Language teacher. For the last 17 years he has worked as a Spanish teacher and a teacher trainer.

“I am humbled to receive such recognition from my peers. I dedicate the award to my family, my partner and to all of my colleagues who share the same passion for language teaching as I do,” said Ricardo-Osorio.

The PSMLA will present Ricardo-Osorio with his award during ceremony and luncheon on October 6 in Harrisburg.