A Message from the New AAALetter Editor
Wednesday, September 14, 2016
Posted by: Fabiola P. Ehlers-Zavala
As the end of summer arrives, and the start of a new academic year begins, it is with great enthusiasm that I write this note to the AAAL membership in this September 2016 issue of the AAALetter! This is the first issue I bring to you in this new and exciting role I have been entrusted to serve for AAAL.
Through contributions of members of our Executive Committee (EC) and others, this issue brings a variety of topics to your attention, ranging from a sad note in commemoration of the passing of Braj B. Kachru to the welcoming of new members who are eager to contribute their work and represent all of us in their leadership roles. Thus, in this issue, you will read about a number of AAAL members who were recently elected to serve AAAL and who will soon begin to contribute their service to our organization. You will also read about a new member to the existing EC, Peter De Costa. Peter has been appointed to replace Agnes He, who, very regrettably, had to step down from her leadership role.
I especially urge you to read the contributions by our President, Kathi Bailey. In this issue, Kathi writes an article titled “Applied Linguists and Leadership” that you will find both inspirational and inviting, as she encourages members to offer feedback that can inform the work as she leads AAAL in the year ahead. I invite you to take her up on this important opportunity! Separately, Kathi also introduces the recipient of the 2017 Distinguished Scholarship and Service Award (DSSA), Dr. Patricia Duff, who clearly personifies the traits of excellence in leadership in applied linguistics.
Last but not least, new resources for members are also highlighted in this issue. Be sure not to miss them!
Finally, I wish to extend my sincere appreciation to the members of the Executive Committee for this opportunity, as well as to the AAAL staff who are supporting this important effort in the production of this AAALetter. I also want to thank my predecessor Junko Mori, who has shown me the way into this important role.
Best wishes as you start this new academic year,
Fabiola P. Ehlers-Zavala
PS: I look forward to seeing you in Portland, OR, this coming March 18-21, 2017!