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AAALetter - April 2017
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The Newsletter of the American Association for Applied Linguistics

April 2017
Volume 29, Number 1

Table of Contents

  1. From the Editor - Planting the Seeds to Grow and Nurture Future AAAL Leaders
    A recurring theme of this particular edition of our AAALetter is one that relates to leadership and service. As you read through the various contributions you will see that the AAAL leadership is working towards ensuring that we all support the future leaders of AAAL. Many of us, if not all of us, probably agree with the idea that this goal in higher education is important for the work we do with our students at our own universities as we prepare them for their active role in our profession. Read More.

  2. From the President
    I’m writing this message on a glorious sunny autumn (sic) day in Sorrento, a beautiful seaside town south of Melbourne, Australia. The fact that for the first time in its history the President of the Association is based outside North America reflects the international character and reach of our organization: about one-third of our members are based outside the United States. I’m not the first Australian to be President; the very first President, Wilga Rivers, was Australian, though at the time she had a chair at Harvard. It is an honour and a privilege to be in this role for the coming year. Read More.

  3. From the Past President - Dunking Chairs and Brussel Sprouts
    When I agreed to be nominated for the position of AAAL’s Second Vice President, I had some general idea of what I was getting into. I had read the Bylaws and the Standing Rules very carefully, and I had talked to the Nominating Committee. I’d had some previous experience with association leadership, so I felt generally well prepared to take on the position of AAAL’s 2nd VP. In fact, I looked forward to learning more about AAAL, meeting new people, facing new challenges, and possibly even making some new friends. Read More.

  4. From the 2018 Conference Chair

    After a very successful Portland 2017 conference chaired by Tim McNamara, it’s already time to start planning for 2018 in Chicago. Seven years have passed since AAAL last convened in Chicago and we’re excited to be heading back to this perennial favorite. Read More.

  5. From the New Public Affairs & Engagement Committee (PAEC)

    The Public Affairs & Engagement Committee (PAEC) is a new committee that was formed in December 2016 that provides “an important means by which AAAL members can bring their collective expertise to bear on issues of social importance and inform public debate by speaking to issues of social and professional relevance” (AAAL Standing Rules). Read More.

  6. From The Graduate Student Council Steering Committee: Heading into Year 3
    The Steering Committee of the Graduate Student Council (GSC) is entering its third year as an organizational body within AAAL. As I begin my second (and final) year on the committee and my first as the co-chair, I am proud of what we have accomplished thus far and excited to begin working with our new team during the 2017-2018 year of service. In what follows, I share some of our accomplishments from this year and introduce the incoming GSC Steering Committee. Read More.

  7. AAAL Election

    Voting for the future association leadership is now open. Read More.

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