The AAAL Distinguished Scholarship and Service Award (DSSA) recognizes and honours a distinguished scholar for her/his scholarship and service to the profession in general and to the American Association for Applied Linguistics in particular. The recipient of the 2017 DSSA is Dr. Patricia (Patsy) Duff.
From the AAAL:
Dr. Duff is a Professor and Distinguished University Scholar in the Department of Language and Literacy Education at the University of British Columbia. There she serves as the Co-Director of the Centre for Research in Chinese Language and Literacy Education, and as the Coordinator of the Teaching English as a Second Language Program as well as the Modern Language Education Program.
Dr. Duff has a long history of involvement with AAAL, with AILA, and with other applied linguistics associations around the world. She has given numerous presentations at AAAL conferences over the past quarter of a century, including both papers and colloquium presentations. She has also been a colloquium organizer on four occasions.
Read the AAAL media release here.