Any TESOL member. Former TESOL Board members may not be nominated until three (3) years after completion of their Board term.
To acknowledge outstanding and extended service by TESOL members at international, regional, and local levels. This award was established in 1987 to honor James E. Alatis for his 21 years of devoted service as TESOL's first executive director.
A commemorative plaque presented to the recipient at the TESOL convention and the recipient's name placed on a permanent plaque in TESOL central office. One award is presented each year.
The recipient is selected according to evidence of
- a genuine and long-lasting vision of what TESOL is and can be
- the ability to combine professional and administrative roles in TESOL organizations
- the ability and desire to represent and promote TESOL
- efficiency, personal dynamism, and good cheer
The nominator (an individual TESOL member, a TESOL affiliate, interest section, or other TESOL group) must send
- a letter of nomination
- describing the candidate specifically in terms of the aforementioned attributes and providing examples of the nominee's strengths in these areas
- listing chronologically the nominee's service to TESOL organizations
- a letter of support
- written by another TESOL member
- addressing the strengths of the nominee in terms of the attributes set out above
Send nominations to via snailmail to
1925 Ballenger Avenue, Suite 550
Alexandria, VA 22314-6820 USA
Or via email to
Nominations must be received no later than 15 September.