Introducing the 2017 DSSA Recipient: Dr. Patricia Duff
Wednesday, September 14, 2016
Posted by: Kathleen M. Bailey
The AAAL Distinguished Scholarship and Service Award (DSSA) recognizes and honors 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.
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.
In addition, she has served in the following formal roles for our association:
- Chair, DSSA Committee (2007-2008)
- Chair, DSSA Committee (2008-2009)
- Member, DSSA Committee (2006)
- Chair, Nominating Committee (1998-1999)
- Member, Nominating Committee (1997-1998)
- Member, Rules and Resolutions Committee (2001-2002)
- Abstract reviewer for the AAAL Conference every year since 1995 (often reviewing for two strands per year)
- Strand Coordinator, Second Language Acquisition (1995)
- Strand Coordinator, Immersion/Bilingual Education (1998)
- Strand Coordinator, Research Methodology (2015, 2016)
- Member, Nominating Committee (2014)
In addition, Dr. Duff was elected for a three-year term as the Member-At-Large of the Executive Committee (2002-2005). In that capacity she worked on the graduate program membership directory updates, on transforming our membership records from print-based to electronic web-based directory, and as the Executive Committee liaison to the Rules and Resolutions Committee.
Dr. Duff’s scholarship is internationally recognized. She has taught courses and given presentations in Australia, Chile China, Egypt, England, Finland, France, Germany, Japan, Hungary, Korean, Mexico, Mongolia, New Zealand, Sweden, Thailand, and in many parts of Canada and the US.
Dr. Duff’s main scholarly interests have been related to language socialization across bilingual and multilingual settings, qualitative research methods in applied linguistics (especially case study research, ethnography, and complementary approaches to classroom research); issues in the teaching and learning of English, Mandarin, and other international languages; the integration of second language learners in schools universities, and society; multilingualism and work; and sociocultural, sociolinguistic, and sociopolitical aspects of language(s) in education.
Dr. Duff has published widely and she has also served the profession by her work on the editorial boards of many journals, including the Modern Language Journal, the Canadian Modern Language Review, Applied Linguistics, the Annual Review of Applied Linguistics, Chinese Language and Discourse, Classroom Discourse, the TESL Canada Journal, and journals in Thailand and Korea. She edited the research issues section of the TESOL Quarterly for twelve years and chaired the Research Advisory Committee for TIRF (The International Foundation for English Language Education) for six years.
This year’s DSSA Committee consisted of Merrill Swain (OISE/University of Toronto), Guadalupe Valdes (Stanford University), James Lantolf (The Pennsylvania State University), Paul Kei Matsuda (Arizona State University), with Christina Higgins, (University of Hawaii at Manoa) serving as the committee chairperson.