Alumna receives honorary doctorate from Finnish university

UW–Madison alumna Ulla Connor received an honorary doctorate of philosophy from Åbo Akademi University in Finland in May 2022.

Ulla Connor

Connor earned her PhD in curriculum and instruction from the School of Education in 1978, and now serves as the Chancellor’s Professor of English at Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI). At IUPUI, she was the first director of the Teaching English as a Second Language program and founder of their International Center for Intercultural Communication. 

Connor’s focus on contrastive and intercultural rhetoric has had international influence, and she co-developed a psycholinguistic statistical algorithm called the CoMac Descriptor, demonstrating her investment in the language of healthcare.

Her honorary doctorate is given “in recognition of her longstanding association with Åbo Akademi University and significant contribution to its international activities.”

Learn more about Ulla Connor and her international reach.

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