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Message from Executive Director Rosa Aronson

Dear TESOL Colleagues,

In 2010 I was offered a unique opportunity to apply my educational background and interest in language education as the Executive Director of TESOL International Association. Until then, my career had spanned several decades of teaching, and then working for an educational organization. In accepting this position, I followed in the path of an impressive line of accomplished leaders. ​Read More

Message from TESOL President Dudley Reynolds

Dear Fellow Members of TESOL International Association,

Dr. Rosa Aronson has informed the Board of Directors that she wishes to step down as our association’s Executive Director in spring 2017. Rosa began her TESOL service in April 2010, at a time when the association was still dealing with the aftermath of the 2008 economic downturn but was committed to becoming more internationally focused. Her time as TESOL’s executive director has seen many significant achievements including
  • the change of our name to TESOL International Association
  • the adoption of the 2012-2015 and 2015-2018 Strategic Plans
  • a review and restructuring of the entities and processes we use to govern our association so that we might operate in a more strategic manner
  • the initiation of regional conferences outside of the United States and a dramatic growth in our online professional learning opportunities
  • the implementation of yearly operational plans that have allowed us to pursue our strategic directions while also enabling us to double our financial reserves since 2010
Because she is a very humble person, Rosa will say that these are the association’s achievements, not hers. Without her visionary thinking, gentle guidance, and determined pursuit of our mission, however, we would not be where we are today. Anyone who has worked with her will tell you that Rosa sets a very high bar for the future.

Nevertheless, we must look to the future and the opportunities that hiring a new executive director present. The board of directors has appointed an Executive Director Search Task Force to lead the work of compiling a position description and reviewing applications to present to the board for final consideration. The task force comprises the following members:

  • President-Elect Ester de Jong, Professor and Director School of Teaching and Learning, University of Florida (Chair)
  • Deena Boraie, Professor of Practice and Dean, School of Continuing Education, the American University in Cairo and the 2013-14 President of TESOL International Association
  • Elisabeth Chan, Assistant Professor, ESL, Northern Virginia Community College - Alexandria Campus
  • Reza Mazloom-Farzaghy, Accreditation Services Manager TESL Ontario and ESL Instructor at Seneca College
  • Rosemary Orlando, Professor, Southern New Hampshire University
The board has hired Vetted Solutions, an executive search firm specializing in nonprofit associations, to advise and help manage the search. The position description will be posted in August and applications will be accepted through October. All inquiries regarding the position should be directed to Jim Zaniello. The search will conclude by March 2017.

While it will be difficult to say goodbye to Rosa next spring, we will do so knowing that she has positioned us well for our future.

Dudley Reynolds