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From the Secretary/Treasurer

Thursday, September 7, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Glenn Martinez
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It was a busy summer at AAAL. As the secretary/treasurer of the Association, it is my privilege to communicate to you the results of the yearly election. We welcome Dr. Kendall King as our Second Vice President, Dr. Charlene Polio as our Member-at-large, and Dr. Thomas Ricento as our FFAL Trustee. In addition, we welcome Dr. Heidi Byrnes, Dr. Ofelia García, Dr. Christine Tardy and Dr. Lawrence Zhang as members of the Nominating Committee. I would like to thank each of the elected officials for their service. I would also like to thank those who were nominated but not elected. We look forward to working with all of our nominees in some capacity in the coming years. The Association depends on the talents, insights and efforts of its outstanding membership.

 As your representative to AILA, I am also pleased to provide an update on our international efforts. I would like to thank AAAL-member Claire Kramsch for her outstanding service as AILA President and AAAL-member Shawn Loewen for his visionary service as ReN coordinator. I am pleased to communicate that AAAL-member Laura Gurzinski-Weiss will be cycling into the role of ReN coordinator. We look forward to her leadership in promoting the unique opportunity that the ReN offers for international collaboration in applied linguistics. We also look forward to working with Daniel Perrin (VALS/ASLA) as he moves into the role of AILA President. A key effort in Daniel’s portfolio was re-establishing a close collaboration with UNESCO. Through this collaboration, AILA will pursue strategic objectives in the UNESCO medium-term strategy (2014-2021) consisting of supporting member states to develop education systems to foster high quality and inclusive life-long learning for all, advancing education for all and shaping the future international education agenda, supporting inclusive social development, fostering intercultural dialogue for the rapprochement of cultures and promoting ethical principles, fostering creativity and diversity of cultural expressions, and promoting freedom of expression, media development and access to information and knowledge. Going forward, Daniel will continue to liaise with UNESCO as AILA President. AILA is also moving forward in an exciting direction to establish an AILA Membership Database that will facilitate collaboration and scholarly exchange with applied linguists from around the world. I will be working on a committee with Daniel Perrin, Christina Gitsaki (Secretary General) and Antje Wilton (Publications Coordinator) as we continue to move in this direction. Our objective is to identify a solution that will allow members of AILA-affiliated associations to transfer member profiles seamlessly from their local organization to AILA. For this reason, I would encourage all AAAL members to ensure that their member profiles are up to date.

 It is a privilege and a high honor to serve as your treasurer/secretary. Please do not hesitate to contact me at, or any of the members of the Executive Committee, if you have questions or ideas on how to improve our Association.

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