Martha Nyikos has won the prestigious Anthony Papalia Award for Excellence in Teacher Education in World Languages, given yearly to one outstanding educator in foreign language education at the university level by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL). Nyikos was additionally honored by the Indiana Foreign Language Teachers Association (IFLTA) for impactful research publications. Nyikos is Associate Professor and coordinator of World Languages and English as a New Language education in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction.
ACTFL’s Excellence in Teacher Education Award in World Languages was established in 1987 to recognize an awardee’s record of transformative leadership and significant contributions to the field.
“As a language teacher educator, this award is a tribute to generations of my preservice language teachers who have entered the profession from the IU School of Education and their cooperating teachers who help accomplish our mission of helping translate research into practice,” Nyikos said. “I particularly prize the trust and confidence of our teacher candidates whose optimism and can-do spirit are force multipliers during this time of uncertainty.”