Antonia Folarin Schleicher is the 2015 recipient of the ACTFL Wilga Rivers' Award for Leadership in Foreign Language Education (Postsecondary). She was the founding Executive Director of the Indiana University Center for Language Excellence. She is also the Founding Director of the United States National African Language Resource Center. In 2010, she received the UW-Madison Chancellor's Distinguished Teaching Award and the National Council Of Less Commonly Taught Languages Walton Award for a Lifetime Distinguished Career in support of less commonly taught languages. Schleicher has authored ten books and three multimedia CDROMs for the learning of Yoruba and has co-authored numerous textbooks for other African languages such as Swahili, Shona and Pulaar. She co-authored African Language Pedagogy: An Emerging Field. She has edited more than 30 other books and six journals and has authored over two dozen articles in peer reviewed journals. Professor Schleicher has both BA and MA from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria, and Ph.D from the University of Kansas in General Linguistics and much of her current work deals with pedagogical issues in Foreign and Second Language Acquisition. She currently teaches courses on African Linguistics and different courses on Yoruba Language and Culture at Indiana University-Bloomington.
She serves as the Executive Director of both the National Council of Less-Commonly Taught Languages (NCOLCTL) and the African Language Teachers Association (ALTA). She is a Board Member of JNCL (Joint National Committee for Languages). Professor Schleicher was awarded the United States President's Gold Level Volunteer Service Award for over 500-hours-a-year of devoted and unpaid service to the cause of promoting less-commonly taught languages and cultures in the U.S. She served on the ACTFL Board of Directors for three years. She is on the Board of Trustees of Center for Applied Linguistics and is also the current President of the National Federation of Modern Language Teachers Association (NFMLTA).