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AAAL 2017 Election Candidates
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Second Vice President

Kendall A. King, University of Minnesota

Kendall King is Professor of Second Language Education at the University of Minnesota (Minneapolis, MN), where she has served as Director of Graduate Studies, Chair of the College Curriculum Council, and an elected member of the university-wide, Graduate Education Council and the Faculty Senate. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania (1997), she was previously a faculty member at Georgetown University (2002-2008), Stockholm University (2000-2002), and New York University (1997-2002). Her academic and professional leadership work includes serving as an editor the journal Language Policy (2007-2015); an organizer of two major academic conferences (e.g., Georgetown University Roundtable, 2003; Language Teacher Education Conference, 2015); a legislative collaborator in the development of a state-wide, multilingual education policy (MN LEAPS Act, 2014) and Principal Investigator on local, national, and international, collaborative research and training grants.

King’s research to date has examined multilingualism and second language learning in contexts of rapid language loss and language reclamation. Her work, which has used both anthropologically oriented qualitative approaches as well as more quantitative techniques, seeks to inform our understanding of which policies and practices best support minority languages, and what pedagogical and interactional approaches best serve minority language speakers. King’s early research focused on Quichua-Spanish bilingual education in Ecuador, but she has addressed these research objectives across a wide range of contexts and settings (e.g., language and identity among adolescent Chilean Spanish speakers in Stockholm; family-based, Indigenous language learning in the U.S.; Somali-English language development among adolescent refugees). With over 100 publications, her work has been widely published in academic and popular books, and within journals representing different areas of applied linguistics (e.g., Modern Language Journal, Journal of Language, Identity, and Education, Applied Linguistics, Journal of Sociolinguistics, and Journal of Child Language); her research has also been recognized and supported with multiple awards (e.g., U.S. Department of Education, Helen C. Bailey Award for contributions to education). And for two decades, she has taught undergraduate, M.A., and Ph.D. courses in TESOL, applied linguistics and language research methods.

Statement Concerning Issues before the Association and the Field and Description of Prior Service
I have been an active member of the American Association of Applied Linguistics since joining as a graduate student in 1997. Since then, I have regularly presented papers, organized colloquia, and acted as a discussant at the national conference. I have served as a conference abstract reviewer for one or more strands for the last 13 years, and as Strand Coordinator on four occasions. Other service to the AAAL community includes serving as member of the Steering Committee of the AAAL Advocacy Action Group (2007-2009), and as the AAAL delegate to the Joint National Committee for Languages (JNCL) from 2006-2010; this role entailed regularly lobbying congressional members for federal support of language education and research. I currently serve as a member of the editorial board for the Annual Review of Applied Linguistics (2010 to present), and have contributed to multiple AAAL professional workshop presentations for new scholars on the topic of publishing in applied linguistics (2008-2014).

If elected to the position of Vice-President, I will work to address what I see to be three, inter-related issues facing AAAL. The first concerns expanding and growing the organization, and in particular, encouraging new membership from under-represented communities within the field of applied linguistics while also addressing the interests and needs of the growing international and graduate student members. The second demands we further develop ways to engage in a timely, appropriate and effective way as public experts on the myriad language issues that regularly surface in policy and political debates and decisions. Third, in light of the many demands and growing constraints on AAAL members in our increasingly intense academic environment, it is important that the organization maintain and build its reputation as a high-quality, high-impact research venue while continuing to look for new ways to support both emerging and established researchers at all stages of their careers.

Contact Information
Dr. Kendall A. King
159 Pillsbury SE, University of Minnesota
Minneapolis, MN 55455-0208
Phone: (612) 625 3692

Member at Large

Charlene Polio, Michigan State University

I am Professor at Michigan State University where I teach in the TESOL and Second Language Studies programs. My primary research focuses on the interface between second language acquisition and second language writing, and research methods for second language writing. In addition to having published in many major applied linguistics journals, I have recently co-author two books: Understanding, evaluating, and conducting second language writing research (2017, Routledge, with Debra Friedman) and Authentic materials myths: Applying second language research to classroom teaching (2017, University of Michigan Press, with Eve Zyzik). I am currently the co-editor of the Modern Language Journal and in July, 2017, I will assume the co-editorship of TESOL Quarterly with my colleague, Peter De Costa.

Statement Concerning Issues before the Association and the Field and Description of Prior Service
As newsletter editor for AAAL, from 2007-2012, I served as an ex officio member of Executive Committee. I have also served on the Distinguished Scholarship and Service Award Committee and was elected to the Nominating Committee in 2002 and 2015. Applied Linguistics is very broad field that can and should include scholars with a variety of research foci and research methods. It is important that AAAL remain inclusive and that the annual conference does not privilege any sub-areas or research orientations. In addition, AAAL needs to address real-world language matters by conveying empirical research findings to those outside of academia.

Contact Information
Charlene Polio
Professor and Associate Chair, Linguistics and Germanic, Slavic, Asian, and African Languages

Michigan State University
Linguistics & Germanic, Slavic, Asian, & African Languages
B251 Wells Hall
619 Red Cedar Road
East Lansing, MI 48824

phone: 517-884-1502 (w); 517-282-8293

FFAL Trustee

Thomas Ricento, University of Calgary

Thomas Ricento is Professor and Research Chair, English as an Additional Language, in the Werklund School of Education, University of Calgary, Canada. Previously, he was Professor in the Department of Bicultural-Bilingual Education, University of Texas, San Antonio, Texas, U.S.A. His M.A. is from the University of Southern California and his Ph.D. is from UCLA. He is the editor of the following books: Language policy and planning: Critical concepts in linguistics (Routledge, 2016); Language policy and political economy: English in a global context (Oxford University Press, 2015); An introduction to language policy: Theory and method (Blackwell, 2006); Ideology, politics and language policies: Focus on English (John Benjamins, 2000); co-editor of Language policy and political theory: Building bridges, assessing breaches (Springer, 2015); Language and politics in the United States and Canada: Myths and realities (Routledge, 1998). He has published research on language policy, politics and ideologies in Language Policy, TESOL Quarterly, Journal of Sociolinguistics, Discourse & Society, International Journal of the Sociology of Language, Critical Multilingualism Studies, and Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, among other journals. He is founding co-editor of the Journal of Language, Identity, and Education (Routledge), serves on the Editorial Advisory Boards of 6 international journals, and has been a visiting professor at universities in Aruba, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Germany, Spain, and Switzerland. He was twice a Fulbright Professor (Colombia and Chile) and has been awarded research grants from the Russell Sage Foundation (USA), the National Endowment for the Humanities (USA), and Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (Canada), among other funders. In 2013, his co-authored article (with Andreea Cervatiuc) ‘Curriculum Meta-Orientations in the Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada Program’, published in the Canadian Journal for the Study of Adult Education (2012), won the TESOL Award for Distinguished Research. He has held many positions with AAAL, including: elected member of the Executive Committee (2009-2012); Rules and Resolutions Committee (Chair, 1988-99); elected member, Nominating Committee (2005); Distinguished Service & Scholarship Committee (2008, 2015; Chair, 2009); Student Scholarship Committee (multiple years); Strand Co-ordinator, Language Planning and Policy, Language and Ideology, and Sociolinguistics (multiple years); among other duties and appointments over the past 25 years.

Contact Information
Name: Tom Ricento
E mail:
Mailing address: Tom Ricento, Professor and Chair
English as an Additional Language
Werklund School of Education
University of Calgary
2500 University Drive NW
Calgary, Alberta
Canada T2N 1N4
Phone: (cell) 403-604-4407

Nominating Committee

Members will be invited to vote for up to four candidates

Heidi Byrnes, Georgetown University

Heidi Byrnes is George M. Roth Distinguished Professor of German, Emerita, at Georgetown University. My research, scholarship, and teaching have focused on adult instructed second language learners, specifically the development of advanced levels of literacy. I have edited and coedited books and special journal issues on the development of advanced literacy and contributed articles and monograph chapters to a range of publications addressing education policy, curricular, and pedagogical concerns regarding adult L2 development, with a particular focus on writing. I serve on journal editorial boards and have presented on my research interests at professional meetings nationally and internationally. I am currently editor-in-chief of the Modern Language Journal.

Beyond benefitting from AAAL’s outstanding annual conference, I have had the privilege of serving the organization in numerous capacities for over two decades, including reading conference proposals and serving as strand coordinator, Member-at-large to the Executive Committee, leadership of the organization as its president from 2010–2011, and recent work on the DSSA award committee and its awards task force. AAAL is my professional home, and I would be honored to serve on the Nominating Committee to assure that the organization continues to prosper as it selects its new leaders.

Contact Information
German Department
Intercultural Center 468
Georgetown University
Washington, DC 20057
Tel: 202-687-6051

Lyn Wright Fogle, University of Memphis

Lyn Wright Fogle is an Assistant Professor of Applied Linguistics and ESL at the University of Memphis. Her research investigates the ideological, interactional, and affective aspects of language learning through language socialization and discourse analytic approaches. Wright Fogle is the author of Second language socialization and learner agency: Talk in three adoptive families (Multilingual Matters) and has forthcoming articles in the Journal of Language, Identity, and Education (with Kelly Moser) and the Journal of Language and Sexuality. In 2017 she will be an invited plenary speaker at the Illinois Language and Linguistics Society graduate student conference and keynote speaker at the 2nd Symposium of Language Policy in the Family, the Preschool, and the School at the University of Jyväskylä, Finland. She is a former Fulbright Fellow (Russia) and Returned Peace Corps Volunteer (Ukraine).

Wright Fogle has been an active member in AAAL and has attended annual conferences since 2008. In 2010 she represented AAAL on the inaugural “AAAL at TESOL” panel in Boston (with Natalia Dolgova Jacobsen). She has served as a reviewer for AAAL conference proposals in the Language, Culture, and Socialization; Pedagogy; and Language and Ideology strands. Lyn is the book review editor for the journal Language and Education and serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Home Language Research.

Contact Information
Lyn Wright Fogle
Department of English
Patterson Hall
University of Memphis
Memphis, TN 38152
Phone: 901.678.2651

Ofelia Garcia, City University of New York

Ofelia García is Professor in the Ph.D. programs in Urban Education and Hispanic and Luso Brazilian Literatures and Languages at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. She has been Professor of Bilingual Education at Columbia University´s Teachers College, and at The City College of New York; and has been Dean of the School of Education at the Brooklyn Campus of Long Island University. García has published widely in the areas of sociology of language, language policy, bilingualism, and bilingual education. She is the General Editor of the International Journal of the Sociology of Language and the co-editor of Language Policy (with H. Kelly-Holmes). Among her best-known books are Bilingual Education in the 21st Century: A Global Perspective; and Translanguaging; Language, Bilingualism and Education (with Li Wei), which received the 2015 British Association of Applied Linguistics Award. For more information visit,

Contact Information
Ofelia García
The Graduate Center
365 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10016
(212) 817-8282

Andrea Revesz, University College London 

Andrea Révész is a Senior Lecturer in Applied Linguistic at the UCL Institute of Education, University College London (UCL IoE). She holds a doctorate in Applied Linguistics from Teachers College, Columbia University. Before joining the UCL IoE, she was a Visiting Assistant Professor at Georgetown University and Lecturer at Lancaster University. Her main research interests lie in the area of second language acquisition (SLA), in particular, the roles of tasks, input, interaction, and individual differences in instructed SLA. She is additionally interested in the cognitive processes underlying second language writing and speaking performance. Her work regularly appears in journals such as Annual Review of Applied Linguistics, Applied Linguistics, Applied Psycholinguistics, Language Learning, The Modern Language Journal, Studies in Second Language Acquisition, and TESOL Quarterly. She also contributes to edited collections with chapters addressing issues on second language pedagogy, SLA, task-based language teaching (TBLT), and applied linguistics research methods. Andrea is associate editor of the journal Studies in Second Language Acquisition and Vice-President of the International Association for Task-based Language Teaching. She also serves on the advisory board of IRIS, a digital repository of instruments for research into second languages. Andrea has been a member of AAAL since 2003. She is a regular presenter at annual conferences and a frequent reviewer of conference proposals.

Contact information
Dr. Andrea Révész
UCL Centre for Applied Linguistics
UCL Institute of Education, University College London
Room 623b, 20 Bedford Way
London WC1H OAL

Jamie Schissel, University of North Carolina Greensboro 

Jamie Schissel is Assistant Professor of TESOL at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where she directs the Masters of Education in TESOL program. In collaboration with the Coalition for Diverse Language Communities and graduate students at UNCG, she co-founded the UNCG Working Papers in Education in 2014 and serves as faculty editor and advisor. Jamie’s research centers on issues of equity in education with linguistically diverse communities. Her current projects on multilingualism in education policies and assessments, language identities of pre-service elementary teachers, and translanguaging for general education practitioners stem from community-engaged collaborations with pre- and in-service teachers and students in North Carolina and Oaxaca, Mexico (with M. López-Gopar and H. de Korne). Her research has also been supported through work as a Visiting Research Fellow at King’s College London (with C. Leung). She is a co-coordinator (with M. Chalhoub-Deville) of symposia on the construct of multilingualism in language testing for the 2017 Language Testing Research Colloquium (LTRC) and World Congress of Association Internationale de Linguistique Appliqueé (AILA). Jamie’s work has been published in TESOL Quarterly (with N. Flores), Current Issues in Language Planning, and The TESOL Encyclopaedia of English Language Teaching. Her forthcoming publications include a book documenting the history of testing linguistically diverse individuals in the United States, Multilingual Matters. An avid member of AAAL since 2008, Jamie is part of the AAAL Awards Task Force and is completing her two-year term as Chair of the AAAL Dissertation Committee this spring. Jamie’s ongoing service to the association, professional work collaborating with established and emerging leaders in the field, and scholarly endeavors in language education policy and testing illustrate the contributions she would bring to the worthwhile work of the Nominating Committee.

Contact Information
Department of Teacher Education and Higher Education
University of North Carolina at Greensboro
1300 Spring Garden
Greensboro, NC 27402

Christine Tardy, University of Arizona 

Christine Tardy is Associate Professor of English Applied Linguistics and faculty member in the interdisciplinary PhD program in Second Language Acquisition and Teaching (SLAT) at the University of Arizona. She has published widely in the areas of second language writing, genre and discourse studies, English for academic purposes, and policies and politics of English. Chris has been a member of AAAL and regular conference participant since 1998. She was the assistant to the Program Chair of the 2002 AAAL conference, has reviewed conference proposals annually since 2005, and served as Strand Coordinator for Reading, Writing, and Literacy in 2014. As a co-editor of the Journal of Second Language Writing from 2011-2016, Chris has worked extensively with applied linguistics colleagues around the world and sees the value of bringing diverse perspectives to our professional work. She is excited to contribute to AAAL through the Nominating Committee, where her nomination of candidates for AAAL leadership roles will draw on her broad understanding of and international experience in the field.

Contact Information
Christine Tardy
Home address:
8041 E. Brookhill Dr.
Tucson, AZ 85750
Phone: 773.341.8266

Elvis Wagner, Temple University

Elvis Wagner is Associate Professor of TESOL at Temple University, where he coordinates the undergraduate and graduate programs in World Languages Education. Elvis’s research focuses primarily on second language assessment, especially the assessment of second language listening ability. He has written and published widely on issues related to foreign and second language teaching methodology, as well as the teaching and testing of second language listening and oral communicative competence. Currently, his primary research focus examines how L2 listeners process and comprehend unscripted, spontaneous spoken language, and how this type of language differs from the scripted spoken texts learners often encounter in the L2 classroom.

Elvis has been a member of AAAL for almost 15 years, and has served as an abstract reviewer for the Assessment and Evaluation strand for many years. He served as the Assessment and Evaluation Strand Coordinator for the 2014 AAAL conference. He has also served as a member and as the Chair of the Nominating Committee for the International Language Testing Association (ILTA).

Contact Information
Dr. Elvis Wagner
Temple University College of Education
Teaching and Learning Dept., 447 Ritter Hall
1301 Cecil B. Moore Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19122-6091
Tel: (215) 204-5821

Lawrence Zhang, University of Auckland, New Zealand

Lawrence Jun Zhang, PhD, is Professor of Linguistics-in-Education and Associate Dean, Faculty of Education, University of Auckland. He researches learner metacognition especially relating to learning L2 reading and writing. He has published extensively along these lines in leading journals, MLJ, JSLW, TESOL Quarterly, and JEAP. He is also a popular plenary/keynote speaker at over 20 conferences around the world, particularly in Asia. A frequent presenter at AAAL, TESOL, AILA, and many other significant national/regional conferences, he is actively connected to AAAL as a frequent proposals reviewer for AAAL conferences and as AAAL President-appointed Committee Chair for the AAAL Best Research Article Award. The sole recipient of the “Distinguished Research in TESOL Award” in 2011 for his article published in TESOL Quarterly (2010),44(2), he is Co-Editor for System (SSCI). He was honoured in 2116 by TESOL International Association with the award of  “50 at 50”, which acknowledged “50 Outstanding-Leaders in TESOL”.

Contact Information
Professor Lawrence Jun Zhang
School of Curriculum and Pedagogy
Faculty of Education & Social Work
The University of Auckland
Private Bag 92601, Symonds Street, Auckland 1150
New Zealand

Phone: +64 9 6238899 x 48750 (office)
+64 221633268 (mobile)

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