Columbus, Ohio (March 3, 2016) – The American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education (AAHHE) has selected The Ohio State University Arts and Humanities Distinguished Professor Frederick Luis Aldama to receive the 2016 Outstanding Latino/a Faculty in Higher Education: Research/Teaching (Research Institutions Award). The award is in recognition of Aldama’s demonstrated excellence in both research and teaching, and significant contributions to his academic discipline. Aldama, who holds appointments in the departments of English and of Spanish and Portuguese, will be honored at the AAHHE 11thAnnual Conference in Costa Mesa, California, on March 12.

“Professor Aldama is recognized by his contemporaries as a scholar and leader,” said AAHHE President Dr. Loui Olivas. “He has a strong record for pushing boundaries and initiatives that impact educational outcomes.”

Aldama is the founder and director of LASER, a mentoring and research hub for Latinos in high school and college. In 2015, LASER was selected as a Bright Spot in Hispanic Education by the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics. He is also founder and co-director of the Humanities & Cognitive Sciences High School Summer Institute and the author, co-author and editor of over 24 books. In his research and teaching, Aldama uses the tools of narrative theory and cognitive science to enrich understanding of literature, art, music, film, comic books and video games by and about Latinos.

“I am hugely honored with this award and to join of the ranks of other Latinos and Latinas who have been recognized for their commitment in scholarship and community activism to making systemic changes for the betterment of Latinos and Latinas today and tomorrow,” said Aldama.

AAHHE is a national, educational, non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of higher education.

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News via Ohio State Media Relations 

 

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