University of Portland German professor Laurie McLary has been named the top foreign language teacher in Oregon, receiving a Confederation in Oregon for Foreign Languages Teaching award.

McLary is the second UP professor to win this award, with Spanish professor Kate Regan receiving it in 2000.

UP introduced a German studies major in 2004, with dozens of graduates going on to earn Fulbright scholarships to Germany and Austrian government teaching assistantships.  
McLary's teaching and research interests include Austrian culture and literature, German film and cultural studies. She is also an expert on Austrian poet Georg Trakl.
McLary was also named UP's top faculty advisor for students.