The ALAA Distinguished Scholar and Service Award


The Distinguished Scholar and Service Award recognises a scholar for his/her longstanding scholarly achievement and service to the field of Applied Linguistics and Applied Linguistics Association of Australia. 

The Award is granted for the person who gives the Christopher N Candlin Memorial Lecture. The costs are covered by the Conference Organising Committee and the award is presented at the end of the lecture.


To be eligible for the award, nominees will meet the following criteria:   

  • being an active member of ALAA; 
  • having been agenda setting in shaping the direction and thinking of the field of Applied Linguistics;  
  • having a continuous and outstanding record of providing inspiration and support to colleagues and students;  
  • having made long standing contribution to ALAA. 

The process for soliciting and assessing applications will be:

  • The call for applications will be made no more than six months prior to the Annual Conference;
  • proposals will be assessed by the Executive Committee who will constitute a review panel;
  • The Vice President will notify applicants of the results in writing;

The Christopher N Candlin Memorial Lecture

The Christopher N Candlin Memorial Lecture was established as a perpetual tribute to the memory of Professor Candlin and his contribution to the field of applied linguistics. 

  • It is delivered at the ALAA conference every second year in the form of a named plenary lecture; 
  • It focuses on a theme of relevance to the work of Professor Candlin; 
  • It is presented by the recipient of the ALAA Distinguished Scholar and Service Award; 
  • The speaker is included within the program as a plenary presenter for the purposes of the Memorial lecture;
  • The ALAA Distinguished Scholar and Service Award is presented on the occasion of the Memorial Lecture.

Past recipients

Professor Tim McNamara
Associate Professor Angela Scarino

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