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AAALetter - September 2016
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The Newsletter of the American Association for Applied Linguistics

September 2016
Volume 28, Number 3

Table of Contents

  1. A Message from the New AAALetter Editor
    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. Read More.
  2. From the President: Applied Linguists and Leadership
    What leadership skills do applied linguists need?  What situations have you been in (or do you anticipate being in) where you took on (or were thrust into) a position of leadership? And how well prepared did you feel in assuming those roles? There has been some discussion in recent years about the possibility of AAAL helping members develop their leadership skills.  What might such support involve? Read More.
  3. Obituary -- A Message From AAAL
    With sadness and respect, AAAL notes the passing of Braj Kachru, Professor (Emeritus) of Linguistics at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign on July 29, 2016. Read More.
  4. A Message from our Secretary-Treasurer, Jeff Connor-Linton -- 2016 AAAL Election Results!
    Many thanks to the 2015-2016 Nominating Committee (Keiko Koda, Chair; Charlene Polio, Guadalupe Valdez, Fredricka Stoller, Ryuko Kubota, and Aneta Pavlenko [ex officio]), for recruiting a strong slate of candidates. 309 members of AAAL voted in this year’s election. Read More.
  5. A Message from Peter de Costa
    I am pleased to join the Executive Committee (EC) of AAAL, which supervises our organization’s affairs and sets policies that allow our organization to grow from strength to strength. As someone who has served in various leadership roles in several professional organizations, I am fully aware that things do not just happen serendipitously. By the same token, AAAL’s accomplishments are the result of our members’ enduring commitment to the organization’s mission and their investment in its future. Read More.
  6. A Message from Katie Bernstein--A Note from a Legitimate Applied Linguist
    March, 2011; Chicago; my first AAAL conference. A classmate from Berkeley, Billy, and I clung together like tourists with passports hidden in our belts. We hardly spoke to anyone. We attended every session we could. We took lots of notes. We befriended some nice people who were running a book display. We rejoiced in finding a drink ticket on the floor. We heard Jim Gee and Chuck Goodwin and Michael Silverstein and Mary Louise Pratt and Leanne Hinton and Diane Larson-Freeman speak. We whispered that they looked just like, or not at all like, what we had imagined from their writing. We stayed with friends in different suburbs of Chicago and parted ways at the bus stop each night, giddy and exhausted. Read More.
  7. Introducing the 2017 DSSA Recipient: Dr. Patricia Duff
    The AAAL Distinguished Scholarship and Service Award (DSSA) recognizes and honors a distinguished scholar for her/his scholarship and service to the profession in general and to the American Association for Applied Linguistics in particular. The recipient of the 2017 DSSA is Dr. Patricia (Patsy) Duff. Read More.
  8. From EC Member, Lucy Pickering--AAAL Guidelines for Publishing in Applied Linguistics
    We are excited to announce the addition of the AAAL Guidelines for Publishing in Applied Linguistics as a new member benefit. This continues our commitment to articulating best practices in our profession, which we began last year with our Promotion and Tenure Guidelines. Read More.
  9. New Member resources Highlights - Funding Sources and AAAL Publication Guidelines
    Over the past few months, AAAL has launched two brand new member resources: A List of Funding Sources and the AAAL Guidelines for Publishing in Applied Linguistics! Both resources can be accessed by clicking on the links provided below and selecting the RESOURCES tab on the top menu once you have logged into the AAAL site. Read More.
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