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Governance Review

In 2012, the TESOL Board of Directors convened a task force charged with conducting a review of the governance of the association and—if warranted—proposing changes to improve its efficiency and efficacy at meeting the membership's needs. The task force completed its work and submitted its final report to the board in March 2014. This page will be updated with news and information about the ongoing governance review and restructuring. 

If you have questions or comments about the TESOL governance review, please contact TESOL Associate Executive Director John Segota.

IS and Affiliate Task Forces

In May 2015 the Board of Directors appointed two task forces to study and make recommendations about the structure of the association's Interest Sections and Affiliates, respectively. Further information on each task force is available below.

New Governance Model 

At their meeting in March 2015, the Board of Directors voted to move forward with transitioning to a new governance model for TESOL International Association. The document below outlines the new model and provides additional information on next steps. .

Online Town Hall

An online town hall was held on 12 February 2015 at 10:30 am EST with the Executive Committee to answer your questions about the new governance model. Click here for the full recording of the town hall and the transcript of the chat thread that accompanied the event.

Transition Timeline: March 2015–March 2016

  Board of Directors takes action to move forward with transition to
  new governance model
  March 2015
  Transition advisory councils begins with 2017 Convention
       Advisory Council

   Applications for task forces are accepted beginning 15 April
  April 2015
  Application deadline for task force applications is 1 May

  Interest Section Task Force appointed

  Affiliate Task Force appointed
  May 2015
  Board releases detailed transition plan   August 2015
  Board takes action on committee changes   October 2015
  Affiliate Task Force submits final report   January 2016
  Interest Section Task Force submits final report   February 2016
  Sunsetting committees have final meetings (optional)

  Interest Section Leadership Council finalizes its duties
  March 2016
  Board takes action on other aspects of governance

Governance Review Task Force Report


Background Documents

Governance Review Task Force Members

Denise Murray - Chair Misty Adoniou Kevin Knight
Joe McVeigh
Suzanne Panferov
Allison Rainville
Renate Tilson
John Segota - Staff Liaison

Questions or Comments?

Please contact John Segota, Associate Executive Director.