The resolution process is an important means by which AAAL members can make their voices heard on issues internal to AAAL’s governance and operations.
Click here for policies and procedures related to the submission of Resolutions.
Prior to 2017 AAAL treated "Position Statements" and "Resolutions" as one and the same. From 2017 forward, the two are now treated separately, with Resolutions providing commentary on matters internal to AAAL operations. Position Statements come from an applied linguistics perspective and focus on language-related issues of social and professional importance, written with the general public as one of the primary audiences. They can be responsive (in response to particular issues, events, policies, research) or proactive (focused on specific issues, events, policies, research). Please click here to view Position Statements.
The following resolutions have been passed by the membership of AAAL:
- Resolution Affirming Commitment to Promoting Diversity in AAAL (March 2013)
- Courtesy Resolution in Honor of William Grabe (May 2004)
- Resolution on AAAL Environmental Practices (March 2003)
Whereas, the membership of the American Association for Applied Linguistics is diverse with respect to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, (dis)ability, and linguistic background; and
Whereas, the American Association for Applied Linguistics is committed to creating and maintaining an inclusive, respectful, equitable, and productive professional community for all its members; and
Whereas, diversity with respect to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, (dis)ability, and linguistic background is an asset within our community and a source of learning and opportunity; and
Whereas, the American Association for Applied Linguistics is cognizant of the need for the Executive Committee to be representative of the membership; and
Whereas, the American Association for Applied Linguistics recognizes the importance of explicitly confirming its commitment to diversity;
Therefore be it resolved at the general business meeting of the American Association for Applied Linguistics, convened on this 18 March 2013:
That the Executive Committee, the Nominating Committee, and the Conference Chair of the American Association for Applied Linguistics make concerted efforts to promote diversity at all levels of the conference, the organization and in the field of applied linguistics.
WHEREAS the American Association for Applied Linguistics (AAAL) is an organization that exists to serve the scholarly and professional aspirations of its members; and
WHEREAS attendance by students at the annual conference of AAAL is of great benefit to their education and scholarly development; and
WHEREAS Bill Grabe, when he was President of AAAL, initiated the Fund for the Future of Applied Linguistics, the aim of which is to fund student attendance at the AAAL conference; and
WHEREAS, under Bill Grabe’s stewardship, the Fund for the Future of Applied Linguistics has attained its goal of raising $100,000;
BE IT THEREFORE RESOLVED BY THE GENERAL BUSINESS MEETING OF AAAL CONVENED ON THIS 3RD DAY OF MAY, 2004, that Bill Grabe be recognized and thanked for his leadership and tireless efforts to support students, who are the future of the discipline of Applied Linguistics.
Whereas, the American Association for Applied Linguistics wishes to meet its ethical obligations to society and recognizes its potential as a change agent in the area of environmentally sound practices;
Therefore be it resolved at the general business meeting of the American Association for Applied Linguistics, convened on this 24th day of March, 2003: That AAAL include environmental issues in negotiations with hotels, particularly regarding use of linens and amenities, lighting and energy conservation, and materials recycling; That AAAL publish in the conference program information on the environmentally proactive measures taken by both the association and the hotel for each conference; That AAAL minimize waste and maximize recycling in conducting its business; and That AAAL regularly review and report on its environmental policies and practices.