Strategic Plan

American Association for Applied Linguistics Strategic Plan

January 1 , 2022

AAAL Strategic Plan lays out goals determined to be central to advancing the mission of the organization.


  • Increase opportunities for early career scholars to engage in mentoring during and beyond the conference.
  • Engage in long-term planning for different delivery models of the annual conference.
  • Refine conference program structure and academic content approval process.

Research & Scholarship

  • Provide opportunities and develop a plan for how to support early career scholars in their research and scholarship.
  • Continue to support students in their paths to become productive scholars.
  • Showcase new developments in theory and research in applied linguistics.

Professional Development and Knowledge Mobilization

  • Better serve under-represented and/or under-resourced applied linguists and their scholarship.
  • Further develop mentoring, networking, and professional development opportunities beyond the conference.
  • Continue to enhance our global engagement to meet the needs of our members from around the world.