Jere L. Bacharach Service Award
Erika H. Gilson
In recognition of her exceptional dedication for over 30 years to the development and promotion of Turkish and Turkic language studies; With admiration for her accomplishments as co-founder of, and 26 years' service as Executive Secretary-Treasurer of, the American Association of Teachers of Turkic Languages, and for her work as editor of the AATT Bulletin; For all her work building and professionalizing the field, and training teachers and students, all the while developing new materials, tools, standards and resources, and securing funding and opportunities that have benefitted so many. In acknowledgment of her years as a tireless advocate for language learning and superior teaching via ACTFL, NCOLCTL and NLMERC. It is an honor to recognize Erika H. Gilson, a creative, dedicated, and generous colleague whose lifelong commitment to integrating language research and education has enriched so many programs of study and inspired so many students and colleagues.