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Wednesday, December 6, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Fabiola Ehlers-Zavala
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Another calendar year is almost coming to an end, and with it, we have an opportunity to reflect on past accomplishments and look forward to the exciting opportunities that the future brings!

As you will see in this last issue of the AAALetter for this year, much work has continued to unfold under the leadership of our President, Tim McNamara, and the work of the Executive Committee (EC). The Graduate Student Council, as we have acknowledged in our regular meetings throughout this past year, has been instrumental to the work of the EC. Their contribution to this issue highlights the vast array of work they do in support of graduate students wishing to stay connected and involved with AAAL!

Speaking of involvement, the contribution of our Past President, Kathi Bailey is perfectly timed as we work towards addressing questions from the membership in the area of diverse representation and recruitment of AAAL leaders! Members of the EC continue to work steadily at addressing concerns around the topic of diversity within AAAL in the various areas, including representation in leadership roles, participation in conferences, and related matters.

As readers may anticipate, arduous work has been unfolding under the leadership of 1st VP and Conference Chair, Linda Harklau who, in this issue, gives us a quick summary of the exciting sessions and plenaries we will enjoy in Chicago! The interest in participation continues to grow and the interest in becoming involved is certainly evident!

This issue of the AAALetter also points at some excellent resources available to you. Peter Da Costa, member-at-large, kindly contributed a piece on ethics guidelines available on our webpage. Please, help us disseminate these guidelines that address the work we need to consider in the three areas that matter as we socialize future applied linguists and develop future scholars: research, teaching and service.

I also invite you to read a special contribution by Mr. Osvaldo Aviles who is one of the recipients of the Inaugural Public Service Award. I promise you will find this interview both insightful and inspirational. It also underscores the work of applied linguists and contributions to society in preparing new generation of applied linguists.

Finally, I am very excited to also bring to you a contribution from the ARAL team! Alison Mackey, Kendall King and Lara Bryfonski offer an update on ARAL that you will not want to miss!

Happy reading and best wishes for 2018!

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