Aline Germain-Rutherford (2005)

Aline-RutherfordAffiliation at the time of the award: University of Ottawa/Université d’Ottawa, Official Languages and Bilingual Institute.

Citation: One word comes to mind when we think of Aline Germain-Rutherford: energy! Students and colleagues use these superlatives: ” The best professor I ever had ,” “a nuclear bomb,” “amazing teacher,” “do what you’re doing forever,” “overwhelming accomplishments .” Aline is one of the most intense and passionate teachers that students will ever have a chance to meet in their university lives. Aline is also known in both francophone and anglophone academic communities as a leading educational developer.

Aline is a second-language education specialist who earned her doctorate from the Sorbonne. During the past twenty years, Aline has created interactive learning environments using a unique blend of international collaborative research. Through that collaboration, she developed speech technology that helps students learn French online, technology that is now being used by undergraduate students in Canada, France, and the US.

As the Director of the University of Ottawa ‘s Centre for University Teaching, Aline channels her tremendous personal energy to her peers in many incredible ways. Aline is a founding member of the Institute for the Advancement of Teaching in Higher Education (IATHE), and she is a generous contributor to organizations that help make teaching count.

3M Speaker
Discipline of Study / Research Field: Second Language Acquisition, Language Education, CALL, Faculty Development, Plurilingualism in Language Education

Presentation Topic/s: Digital Language Education, Online Design for Language Education, Blended Learning, Faculty Development for the Integration of Technology in course design and teaching practices, Intercultural/Global Competencies, Plurilingual Approach for Language Education, English Language Learners (ELL) and Closing the Achievement Gap, Culturally Inclusive Language Online Environment, Project Based Design in Online Language Education.