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AAAL 2016 Election Candidates
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Final slate of candidates for the 2016 AAAL ballot


Laura Collins

Laura Collins is Associate Professor of Applied Linguistics in the Department of Education at Concordia University (Montreal, Quebec). Her leadership roles at Concordia include Graduate Program Director; Theme Leader of the Language and Literacy Strand of Concordia’s Centre for the Study of Learning and Performance; and Coordinator for over 15 years of the bi-weekly meetings of the interdisciplinary Second Language Learning, Teaching, and Use Research Group (members include researchers from three Montreal universities). Additional leadership experiences include Editorship of The Canadian Modern Language Review; Vice-President of the Canadian Association of Applied Linguistics; Consultant to Quebec’s Ministry of Education on English second language curriculum and program development, and her role as Principal Investigator on a number of national and international team grants supporting her collaborative research.

Her research interests are diverse, with published work cutting across a number of different strands within AAAL, employing both quantitative and qualitative methodologies. Examples of her research include studies of the impact on language learning of different distributions of instructional time; the creation of corpora of instructional talk and pair-work oral interaction to examine features of input exposure and output practice that constrain/facilitate classroom language learning; the mathematical modelling of second language vocabulary learning; cross-linguistic influence on the learning of morpho-syntax, phonology, and lexis; and bilingual literacy practices with French-English school-aged children. International recognition for he research include the 1998 AAAL Graduate Student Travel Award and the 2010 Paul Pimsleur Award for Research in Foreign Language Education.

She has been an active member of the American Association of Applied Linguistics, presenting at the annual conference every year since joining as a graduate student member in 1998. She has reviewed conference abstract proposals for many of those years and has also acted as SLA Strand Coordinator in 2009. Her experience with the organization of the conference includes volunteering as a graduate student (1997; 1998; 1999); twice acting as Local Chair (Vancouver, 2000; Montreal, 2006); and serving on the AAAL Executive as Member at Large (2012 – 2015). Other service to the AAAL community includes committee work (Advocacy, 2012 – 2013; Annual Review of Applied Linguistics Advisory Board, 2014 – present) and several professional workshop presentations for new scholars on getting published (2008 – 2012) and writing conference abstracts (2014).

Statement Concerning Issues before the Association and the Field and Description of Prior Service:

If I am elected to the position of Vice-President, there will be a number of important issues facing AAAL during my mandate on the Executive . One will be the evaluation of the initiatives undertaken as part of the current 5-year strategic plan (which I was involved in while serving on the Executive as Member at Large) and the elaboration of the goals of a new strategic plan. Two related areas that merit attention, in my view, are i) the diversification of the conference presentation format, both on-site and virtual; and 2) the provision of greater member benefits beyond the annual conference. The latter will include exploring ways to meet the interests and needs of the growing international and graduate student members of AAAL, and of encouraging new membership from under-represented communities within the field of applied linguistics. It will also be important to identify and prioritize strategies for raising the profile of the AAAL as a source of recognized expertise on language-related matters across different sectors of society, both within the USA and beyond.

Contact Information
Dr. Laura Collins
Department of Education, Concordia University
1455, boul. de Maisonneuve Ouest
Montréal, Québec H3G 1M8 Canada
Phone: (514) 848-2424, x2445
Fax: (514) 848-4520


Glenn Martinez

Glenn Martínez is professor of Hispanic Linguistics, Chair of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, Adjunct Professor of Nursing, and member of the Cancer Control Research Group in The James Comprehensive Cancer Center at The Ohio State University. Glenn brings a wealth of administrative and organizational experience that prepares him to undertake the important role of Secretary/Treasurer of AAAL. Glenn has served in academic administrative positions such as Executive Director of International Programs, Assistant Dean and Department Chair at institutions of different size and scope. In addition, Glenn has served as Principal Investigator or Project Director on external grants totaling over $5 million from prestigious agencies such as the US Department of Education, the National Institutes of Health, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. This experience has provided him with significant financial management, strategic planning, and constituent cultivation skills.

Statement Concerning Issues before the Association and the Field and Description of Prior Service:

I have been honored to be a part of AAAL since 2003. In that time I have served the Association in a number of different and rewarding capacities. I have served as an abstract reviewer, as strand coordinator for Language Policy and Planning, as a member of the Resolutions Committee for 4 years and as chair of that committee for 2 years. In my work on the Resolutions Committee I am proud to have shepherded the Resolution Affirming Commitment to Promoting Diversity in AAAL in 2013. My work on the Resolutions Committee was a particularly rewarding experience because it gave me the opportunity to bring issues of concern to the membership to the attention of the Association as a whole. As Secretary/Treasurer of the Association I would work with the Executive Committee and the management firm to pursue the most pressing needs of the Association and the field. My focus would be on ensuring the availability of adequate resources to pursue and expand the Association’s strategic priorities, working with the management firm to ensure sufficient revenues to support the Association’s goals without tapping conference surplus revenues, and working with the Executive Committee to ensure that the next strategic plan include consideration of AAAL’s role in AILA. I would also work with the management firm to study and determine additional strategies for member cultivation and work with the Executive Committee to incorporate them in the next strategic plan. Finally, I would assist the Executive Committee in expanding relationships with other organizations and associations particularly in the areas of health and communication as critical areas of growth for our field both at the national and international levels.

Contact information:
Department of Spanish and Portuguese
Hagerty Hall 298
1775 College Road
Columbus OH 43210


Naoko Taguchi

Naoko Taguchi (Ph.D., Northern Arizona University) is Associate Professor in the Modern Languages Department at Carnegie Mellon University where she teaches courses in SLA and Japanese language and culture. Her primary research area is second language pragmatics, focusing on the development of pragmatic competence, and individual and contextual factors affecting the development. Her current projects involve instructed pragmatics, pragmatic development in a study abroad context, and heritage learner pragmatics. Her additional research interests include intercultural competence, English as a lingua franca, and English-medium education. She is the author of Context, individual differences, and pragmatic competence (2012) and Developing interactional competence in a Japanese study abroad context (2015). She also edited a volume on Pragmatic competence in Japanese as a second language (2009), Technology in interlanguage pragmatics research and teaching (with J. Sykes in 2013), and English-medium education in the global society (2014). She was a research fellow at Waseda University in Tokyo (2012), and also taught at Akita International University and Carnegie Mellon University at Qatar. At AAAL, she has previously served on, and chaired, the Nominating Committee (2013-2014). She has also served as the strand chair for the Language, Culture, Socialization and Pragmatics (2009 and 2010) and Pragmatics (2014), and served as an abstract reviewer for more than 10 years. 

Statement Concerning Issues before the Association and the Field and Description of Prior Service:

I have been serving for AAAL since 2005 in numerous capacities. I served on the Nominating Committee (2013-2014) and also chaired the committee (2014-2015). I worked as the strand coordinator three times: in 2009 and 2010 for Language, Culture, Socialization and Pragmatics and in 2014 for Pragmatics. I have also served as an abstract reviewer for more than 10 years. Most importantly, I have been an active member of AAAL for the last 15 years since I was a graduate student at Northern Arizona University. I believe that my long-standing membership, both as a graduate student and as a faculty member in a U.S. university, will help address needs of AAAL members. I understand that the main responsibility of Members-at-Large includes representing perspectives of AAAL members at Executive Committee meetings at the AAAL Annual Conference and the mid-year meeting in the fall. As Member-at-Large, first I would like to learn what voices and opinions were expressed in the past and by what means. Building on this, I would like to cultivate new methods to explore members’ concerns and demands. I believe that membership quantity, quality, and diversity is critical for the further development of this organization. My efforts will be devoted to understanding the nature of the AAAL membership, and facilitate members’ involvement and communication with the organization.  

Contact Information:
Naoko Taguchi
Baker Hall 160 
Modern Languages Department
Carnegie Mellon University
5000 Forbes
Pittsburgh, PA 15212


William Grabe

Bill Grabe is Vice President for Research at Northern Arizona University, and Regents Professor of Applied Linguistics in the Department of English. Prior to 2012, he taught in the MA-TESL and PhD in Applied Linguistics programs at Northern Arizona University. His academic/research interests center on reading, writing, literacy, written discourse analysis, and content based instruction. His most recent book is and Teaching and Researching Reading, 2nd ed. (with F. Stoller; Longman, 2011). He also authored Reading in a second language: Moving from theory to practice (Cambridge 2009), co-authored Theory and Practice of Writing (with R..B. Kaplan; Longman, 1996), and co-edited Directions in Applied Linguistics (Multilingual Matters, 2005). He served as editor of the Annual Review of Applied Linguistics (Cambridge University Press, 1990-2000). He is a past President of the American Association for Applied Linguistics (2001-2002). In 2005, he received the Distinguished Scholarship and Service Award from the American Association for Applied Linguistics.

A statement concerning issues before the association and the field
Many people will offer up differing key issues facing AAAL. Mine are somewhat more general and administrative ideas because I am being considered for a member of the FFAL Board of Trustees. From my perspective, there are a number of key issues facing the AAAL organization:
Having a flexible and forward-looking administrative and organizational structure to ensure the long-term viability of AAAL (including the ability to have stable funding capacity for the organization).
Planning for and allowing for the emergence of new areas of applied linguistics research to address a rapidly changing world, as well as the associated language related challenges that will inevitably emerge.
Understanding and working towards greater relevance and impact on real-world language based problems and issues.

A description of your prior service to AAAL
1990-1992 Nominations Committee, then Chair of Nominations Committee
1995-1997 Sociopolitical Concerns Committee, then Chair of Sociopolitical Concerns Committee

Contact Information:
William Grabe
Vice President for Research
Northern Arizona University
P.O. Box 4087
Flagstaff, AZ  86011-4087
(928) 523-4340 Main Office
(928) 523-1047 FAX
(928) 814-8372 Mobile


Rick Kern

Richard Kern (PhD, University of California, Berkeley) is Professor of French and Director of the Berkeley Language Center at the University of California at Berkeley.  He teaches courses in French linguistics, applied linguistics, language and technology, second language acquisition and foreign language pedagogy.  His research interests include language acquisition, literacy, and relationships between language and technology.  He is the author of Language, Literacy, and Technology (Cambridge UP, 2015), Literacy and Language Teaching (Oxford UP, 2000), co-editor of Décrire la conversation en ligne (Éditions ENS, 2011), and co-editor of Network-based language teaching (Cambridge UP, 2000).  He is Associate Editor of the journal Language Learning & Technology and has published many articles and chapters on language and technology. He is currently working on a book with Christine Develotte entitled Screens and Scenes: Visual Communication Online and Intercultural Encounters in a Globalized World.

Contact information:
Phone: 510-877-4002, ext. 16
Mail: French Department, UC Berkeley, Berkeley, CA 94720-2580

Meg Malone

Margaret E. Malone (Ph.D., Georgetown University) is Associate Vice President for World Languages and International Programs at the Center for Applied Linguistics. Her current projects include the annual evaluation of a federal teaching and learning initiative on critical languages and a study of comparisons between English language academic writing and test tasks. She is Co-Director of the Assessment and Evaluation Language Resource Center. She is the co-founder of the East Coast Organization of Language Testers, Secretary of the International Language Testing Association and serves on the advisory board for IRIS and the editorial boards for ARAL, Language Assessment Quarterly and Applied Language Learning.

Contact information:
Meg Malone
4431 17th St N
Arlington, VA 22207

Rosa Manchon

Rosa Manchón received her Ph.D. in Applied Linguistics from the University of Murcia, Spain, where she is currently Professor of Applied Linguistics in the Department of English. She teaches undergraduate and postgraduate courses in second language acquisition (SLA), research methodology, and language teaching methodology. Her research interests focus on research methodology, cognitive aspects of instructed SLA and, especially, second language (L2) writing. She has been the head researcher in a number of publicly financed research projects undertaken by research teams composed by senior and junior researchers based in Spain, together with a number of distinguished colleagues from different parts of the world (including the U.S.) who have participated and are currently participating as scientific advisors. Her work has been published in a wide range of journals. She has edited and co-edited five books, edited and co-edited special issues of journals, and contributed chapters to prestigious collective works. She has been a member of the Executive Board of AESLA (Spanish Association of Applied Linguistics) and of AILA (International Association of Applied Linguistics) in her capacity of AILA Publications Coordinator, thereby being the Editor of AILA Review and AALS (AILA Applied Linguistics Series), both published by John Benjamins (2011-2014). She is past Editor of the Journal of Second Language Writing (2008-2014) and currently serves on the editorial boards of several journals and book series. Her service to the research community also includes her recent appointment as the National Coordinator for the “Philology and Philosophy” Committee of ANEP, the Spanish National Agency for Research Assessment. As such, she has a leading role in the assessment of postgraduate research grants as well as research projects, including those submitted to the National Research Plan (the main funding program for Spanish researchers).

Rosa has a long standing connection with AAAL as a member of the Association, reviewer of conference proposals, member of the “Task Force on Publishing in Applied Linguistics”, and regular presenter at the AAAL conferences (twice as invited colloquium organizer), including her participation in one of the invited colloquia in the 2016 conference in Orlando.

Contact information:
Rosa M. Manchón
Departamento de Filología Inglesa
Facultad de Letras
Universidad de Murcia
30071 Murcia
Phone: (34) 868883187

Elizabeth Miller

Elizabeth R. Miller is an Associate Professor in the Department of English at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.  Her research explores the interconnections between language ideologies, identity, and learner agency in adult immigrants’ accounts of learning and using English and other languages. Her work has appeared in a number of journals, and two of her recent publications include The Language of Adult Immigrants: Agency in the Making (2014) and the co-edited volume Theorizing and Analyzing Agency in Second Language Learning: Interdisciplinary Approaches (2015), both published by Multilingual Matters. She has been a participating member of AAAL since 1999, has reviewed abstracts nearly every year since 2002, and has served as a Strand Coordinator three times.

Contact information:
University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Department of English
9201 University City Blvd.
Charlotte, NC 28223
Fax: 704-687-1401
Phone: 704-687-0171

Diane Schmitt

Diane Schmitt is a Senior Lecturer in EFL/TESOL at Nottingham Trent University.  She teaches second language acquisition, materials development and language assessment modules on the MA in English Language Teaching and also teaches on a range of English for Academic Purposes courses.  She is the Chair of BALEAP and a member of BALEAP’s testing working party.  In addition, she currently serves on the TOEFL Committee of Examiners, the editorial board of JEAP, the Pearson Vocabulary Technical Advisory Group and chairs the Programme Quality Committee for the Northern Consortium of UK universities’ (NCUK) foundation and pre-masters programmes.  She previously served on the ILTA Task Force on Language Test Quality and Use and the Task Force on Assessment Literacy. She was a strand leader for Reading, Writing and Literacy for the 2016 AAAL Conference.   She regularly presents, publishes or consults on the following areas: academic writing, plagiarism, vocabulary acquisition, language testing, materials development and the international student experience.

Contact information:
Nottingham Language Centre
Nottingham Trent University
Burton Street
Nottingham NG8 1NG
Tel: 0115 848 8986 (direct line) 0115 848 6156 (reception)

Elana Shohamy

Elana Shohamy is a Professor at Tel Aviv University where she researches the co-existence and rights in multilingual societies within Language Testing, Language Policy, Migration and Linguistic Landscape. She authored The power of tests (2001), Language policy (2006), and co-edited vol. 7. Language Testing and Assessment of the Encyclopedia of Language and Education (Springer, 2009, 2018) and a number of co-edited books on Linguistic Landscapes. Elana is the winner of the ILTA lifetime achievement award (2010).

Contact information:
Prof Elana Shohamy
Multilingual Education Program & International TESOL
School of Education
Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv, Israel 69978

Wayne Wright

Wayne E. Wright is Professor and the Barbara I. Cook Chair of Literacy and Language at Purdue University. His research related to language and educational policies, programs, and instruction for English language learners and other language minority students has been published widely in books and leading academic journals. He is Co-Editor of the Journal of Language, Identity, and Education, Editor of the Journal of Southeast Asian American Education and Advancement, and Co-Editor of the Bilingual Education and Bilingualism book series (Multilingual Matters). Wright is the author of Foundations for Teaching English Language Learners: Theory, Research, Policy, Practice (2nd ed, Caslon, 2015), and co-editor of the Handbook of Bilingual and Multilingual Education (Wiley-Blackwell, 2015). He has many years of experience teaching in bilingual (Khmer) and ESL classrooms with students from kindergarteners to adults. Wright was a Fulbright Scholar in Cambodia in 2009. In 2016 he was awarded the Charles A. Ferguson Award for Outstanding Scholarship.

Contact information:
Wayne E. Wright
Purdue University


Martha Bigelow

I have had many opportunities to develop strong partnerships with local immigrant/refugee communities and organizations (e.g., CrossingBarriers, Somali Education Center, Somali-American Parent Association) which have led to high profile and successful advocacy projects. My relationships with local schools have resulted in productive research an outreach activities. For example, I have spent 10 years with one school on their work with multicultural curriculum development across all grades and content areas. In 2011, 2014, and 2015 I was able to carry out research projects at local Minneapolis high schools with high numbers of East African youth and these relationships continue. For the past three years, I have worked on a new project in St. Paul Public schools as part of a National Institutes for Health grant to help high school teachers develop resiliency in Somali, Hmong, and Latino adolescents. Regarding state-level outreach, during the past Minnesota legislative session, I have engaged actively with state representatives to craft new legislation to affect positive policy changes for the education of language minority youth. My colleagues and I spent months in 2013-2014 meeting with representatives, writing legislation, testifying at the legislature, and doing media interviews about this new legislation which passed in 2014. The University of Minnesota has recognized these outreach activities with the following awards: Multicultural Recognition Faculty Award and the Matthew Stark Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Faculty Award.

Contact information:
159 Pillsbury Dr., SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455; 612-940-0974

Christian Chun

Dr. Chun's research addresses the discourses of capitalism, globalization, and neoliberalism in various sites such as the English for Academic Purposes (EAP) classroom, online blogs and social media, and public spaces. Drawing upon his extensive ESL and EAP teaching experiences spanning over twenty years in Los Angeles, Toronto, and Hong Kong, and his activist work in Los Angeles, he is particularly interested in exploring various critical literacy and social justice approaches to English language education. His work has been published in leading peer-reviewed journals such as Language Assessment Quarterly, Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy, Journal of English for Academic Purposes, Research in the Teaching of English, Journal of Language and Politics and TESOL Quarterly. His first book, Power and Meaning Making in an EAP Classroom: Engaging with the Everyday, was published by Multilingual Matters in January 2015. The book examines how a teacher and her students engaged with language and power discourses in the classroom. He is currently at work on his next book, The Discourses of Capitalism, for the Routledge book series, Language, society and political economy. Since March 2015, he has been serving on the Editorial and Advisory Board of the journal TESOL Quarterly.

Contact information:
Dr. Christian W. Chun
Room 111, John Goodsell Building
School of Education
UNSW Australia
Sydney, NSW 2052 Australia

Mary Jane Curry

Mary Jane Curry is an associate professor in the Department of Teaching, Curriculum, and Change at the Warner Graduate School of Education and Human Development, University of Rochester, NY. She received her M.A. in TESOL from the University of Massachusetts at Boston and her PhD in Curriculum Theory from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Curry’s research focuses on academic knowledge production by multilingual scholars and students in the context of globalization. She has co-authored or co-edited four books and written numerous articles and book chapters on academic publishing, the experiences of immigrant students at the community college, graduate student writing, and other research in second language literacy. Curry is co-editor of the Brief Reports and Summaries section of TESOL Quarterly and co-editor of a Multilingual Matters book series, Studies in Knowledge Production and Participation. She is principal investigator for a U.S. Department of Education OELA National Professional Development grant, “Project CELLS: Collaboration for English Language Learner Success.” In 2014, Curry was a Fulbright Faculty Scholar, teaching and conducting research in Chile. She has served as editorial board member of Research in the Teaching of English, the Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy, and TESOL Quarterly, and as an ad hoc reviewer for many other journals. She has been an invited speaker at international conferences and given workshops on writing for publication in a number of countries.

Contact information:
Mary Jane Curry, PhD
Associate Professor, Language Education
Department of Teaching, Curriculum, and Change
Warner Graduate School of Education
474 LeChase Hall, University of Rochester
Wilson Boulevard
Rochester, NY 14726

Amanda Kibler

Amanda K. Kibler is an assistant professor of English Education at the University of Virginia’s Curry School of Education. She holds a Ph.D. in Educational Linguistics from the Stanford University Graduate School of Education. Her research focuses on the language and literacy development of multilingual adolescents, particularly in relation to writing and classroom interaction, as well as ethnography, discourse analysis, and the impact of standards-based reform on linguistically diverse populations. Her work has been published in the Journal of Second Language Writing, Language Learning, Linguistics and Education, Modern Language Journal, and TESOL Quarterly, among other journals. She is currently an invited member of the TESOL International Association’s Research Committee and serves as the elected Chair (2015-2017) of the American Educational Research Association’s Second Language Research Special Interest Group (SIG). As SIG Chair, she has worked with fellow officers to manage recruitment, communication, and conference programming; develop a new early-career mentoring program; and coordinate annual awards for scholars and travel grants for graduate students. She has been a member of AAAL since 2009. As part of the organization, she has served as an abstract reviewer and presented at annual conferences.

Contact information:
Amanda K. Kibler
Curry School of Education
University of Virginia
417 Emmet Street South
Charlottesville, VA 22901

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