Honors and Awards


Sheri Spaine Long is an award-winning teacher and educational leader who has received accolades from institutions of higher learning and professional organizations.

  • Marlin Harris Lifetime Achievement Award, Alabama Association of World Languages, 2023
  • La Orden de Don Quijote, Sigma Delta Pi National Honor Society, 2022
  • Ruth Bennett Award, AATSP NY-Metro Chapter, New York, NY, 2019
  • Faculty Honoree, International Women’s Day, Office of International Programs, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, 2014
  • Outstanding Service Award, Department of Foreign Languages and International Programs, United States Air Force Academy, 2013
  • La Orden de los Descubridores, Sigma Delta Pi National Honor Society, 2012
  • Florence Steiner Award for Leadership in Foreign Language Education: Post-Secondary, American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, 2009
  • Minority Health and Research Center Charles Barkley Excellence in Mentoring Award, University of Alabama at Birmingham, 2008
  • Honored for Collaboration in International Education, Universidad de Jaén, Jaén, Spain, 2007
  • Outstanding Woman Faculty Member, University of Alabama at Birmingham, 2005
  • President’s Excellence in Teaching Award, University of Alabama at Birmingham, 2002
  • Outstanding Foreign Language Teacher Award:  Post-Secondary Alabama Association of Foreign Language Teachers, 2000
  • Outstanding Foreign Language Teacher Award:  Post-Secondary Southern Conference on Language Teaching, 1999
  • Ellen Gregg Ingalls/University of Alabama at Birmingham, National Alumni Society Award for Excellence in Classroom Teaching, 1999

Community Engagement


Sheri Spaine Long is active in community and civic organizations. She recently graduated from the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) Citizens Academy for community leaders in Charlotte, North Carolina.  Since 2013, she participates annually in the Bataan Memorial Death March, White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico, to honor Veterans of Foreign Wars.


She served as a member on the Sister City Commission (City of Birmingham) participating in the Hitachi Exchange and the China Committee. She held active memberships in the Rotary Club of Birmingham (Downtown) and the Birmingham Committee on Foreign Relations.  She was also privileged to serve on the Board of Trustees of The Highlands School’s where she chaired the World Languages Task Force Committee. Sheri’s civic activities extend to the Latino/Hispanic community in Birmingham, Alabama.