Barbara Avila-Shah


Barbara Avila-Shah.

Barbara Avila-Shah


Barbara Avila-Shah


Language Coordinator, Adjunct Assistant Professor in Spanish

Scholarly Interests

Sociolinguistics in Caribbean Spanish; Second language acquisition and teaching; Spanish for heritage speakers; Linguistics; Sociolinguistics; Caribbean Spanish

Contact Information

910 Clemens Hall

Buffalo NY, 14260

Phone: (716) 645-0867


  • PhD, Linguistics, Cornell University, 1996
  • MA, Linguistics, Cornell University, 1993

Courses Taught

  • Spanish Sociolinguistics
  • Intermediate Spanish Grammar
  • SPA 599: Teaching Supervision (Methodology)
  • Introduction to Spanish Linguistics

Recent Grants and Awards

  • 2013-2014 Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Professional Service
  • 2014  Faculty Honorary Coach Award—UB Division of Athletics


  • Associate Director, CAS Foreign Language Instruction Coordinating Council (FLICC)