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Lyman-Hager Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

Her contributions to the teaching of critical languages benefit veterans nationwide.
By SDSU News Team

Mary Ann Lyman-Hager received the 2017 Hal Wingard Lifetime Achievement Award, bestowed jointly by the California Language Teachers’ Association, the California Language Conference and the Foreign Language Association of Monterrey County.

The award recognizes dedication and commitment to the language teaching profession over an extended period of time.

Lyman-Hager is a professor of European Studies and director of San Diego State University’s Language Acquisition Resource Center (LARC).

As director, she has expanded instruction in critical languages such as Arabic, Georgian, Pashto, Indonesian and Tagalog. Since 2008, more than 1,500 military personnel and ROTC students nationwide have learned language skills through the center in a relevant cultural context, allowing them to serve abroad more effectively.

During her 19-year career as LARC director, Lyman-Hager has secured more than $30 million in external funding. She has been among SDSU’s top 15 principal investigators for outside funding each year for the last five years, and is the only researcher from the College of Arts and Letters in that rarefied group.

In August 2016, she was awarded the SDSU Alumni’s distinguished faculty award, also called the Monty, representing the College of Arts and Letters.