Individual Interest Section Leadership Opportunities

Members of individual Interest Sections have the opportunity to nominate themselves or a colleague for the following positions:

Chair
Chair-elect
Newsletter Editor
Electronic Discussion List Manager
Web Content Manager

INTEREST SECTION CHAIR:

Terms of Service: 
This position requires 2 years of service. The first year the IS leader serves as Chair-elect, and the second year the IS leader becomes Chair.

Overall Responsibilities:

  • provides leadership within his or her IS
  • determines priorities and activities for the year
  • acts in accordance with the IS’s governing rules and stated IS purpose [include governing rules link]
  • initiates regular contact with the chair-elect and other IS leaders to discuss issues and activities
  • keeps members informed of current issues pertaining to their IS
  • inspires members to develop visions and strategies that appeal to the values and utilize the talents of the IS members
  • oversees the adjudication process for the refereed proposals
  • oversees IS InterSection activities (InterSections are 1 ¾ hour sessions that showcase ideas, methods, research, and other areas within TESOL that are common to two or more interest sections.)
  • organizes the IS open meeting at the annual TESOL convention
  • ensures that other IS leaders attend the following meetings as appropriate at the annual convention: the IS Leaders’ Workshop (Chair and Chair-elect), IS Assembly (IS delegates), IS E-Newsletter Meeting (newsletter editors), Web Managers’ Workshop (web content manager), and the Leaders’ Planning Breakfast (incoming Chair and newly elected Chair-elect)
  • identifies emerging leaders within the IS and oversees the election of IS officers online or at the annual convention. In some cases, the nominating committee or the steering committee handles this task with the chair as monitor
  • appoints an IS booth organizer, IS Assembly delegates, IS e-list manager, editor, and a Web content manager
  • submits an annual report after the annual TESOL convention
  • manages and keeps records of the IS budget once its been approved by the Board of Directors
  • archives IS activities for the year

Resources and Support:

  • the Interest Section Leadership Council
  • TESOL Board of Director liaison
  • the member relations coordinator (MRC) in Central Office
  • Steering Committee
  • the convention services coordinator
  • a budget to cover conference calls with leaders and annual convention booth materials

Benefits:

  • unlimited networking with the TESOL leadership
  • opportunity to increase professional contacts and expand leadership skills
  • invitation to the Leadership Luncheon at the annual convention
  • invitation to the President’s Reception at the annual convention
  • face to face leadership training at the annual TESOL convention
  • subscription to an IS leader electronic discussion list
  • opportunity to apply for a special project grant for the IS

INTEREST SECTION CHAIR-ELECT

Terms of Service:
Chair-elect is the first stage of a 2-year IS leader position. The new Chair-elect assumes the role at the end of the TESOL 2007 Annual Convention, then assumes the role of Chair at the end of the 2008 convention.

Overall Responsibilities:

  • works closely with the chair throughout the year
  • plans the academic session and discussion groups for the annual TESOL convention [Each of TESOL’s 19 Interest Sections organizes a 3-hour academic session which highlights a timely issue for members of that group. Discussion groups are 45-minute morning and evening sessions where the discussion leaders are expected to direct the discussion to include the audience.
  • conducts a planning meeting at the annual TESOL convention
  • attends the Saturday morning IS Leaders’ Planning Breakfast with the incoming Chair

Resources and Support:

  • the Interest Section Leadership Council
  • Board liaison
  • Steering Committee
  • the member relations coordinator (MRC) in Central Office
  • the convention services coordinator

Benefits:

  • unlimited networking with the TESOL leadership
  • opportunity to expand leadership skills and increase professional contacts
  • invitation to the Leadership Luncheon at the annual TESOL convention
  • invitation to the President’s Reception at the annual TESOL convention
  • face to face leadership training at the annual convention
  • subscription to an IS leader electronic discussion list

NEWSLETTER EDITOR

TESOL Interest Section online electronic newsletters are e-publications that Interest Section editors and Central Office use to provide association news and information to Interest Section members. The Newsletter editor has the opportunity to help deliver an important member benefit, one that directly impacts retaining members. Newsletters are one of the main reasons members join TESOL. Hence, the role of editor is a vital part of TESOL’s member retention efforts.

Terms of Service:
Minimum of 1 year

Overall Responsibilities:

  • creates two to four e-newsletters per year
  • works with the Chair and Chair-elect of the IS and others to gather e-newsletter content of interest to the IS membership
  • submits newsletter articles, a table of content, and article abstracts to the Program Coordinator at Central Office
  • develops an e-newsletter timeline for the year participates in the IS Newsletter Editors’ Meeting at the annual TESOL convention TESOL

Resources and Support:
Access to a code-protected area on the TESOL Web site to download newsletter information on TESOL advocacy activities, new publications, membership benefits and services, and professional development opportunities for the newsletter

  • a professional copyeditor who edits all IS e-newsletter content
  • the TESOL’s Serial Publications Committee. This committee provides a written evaluation of each IS e-newsletter
  • a bibliography of APA editing resources
  • a TESOL editor will be available to answer general copyright and editorial questions on an as needed basis
  • the program coordinator is available to coordinate an e-newsletter distribution schedule of your choice

Benefits:

  • opportunity to expand leadership skills and increase your professional contacts
  • foster the opportunity for members to publish their work in the electronic newsletter
  • stay up-to-date with trends in the field
  • subscription to an online discussion Web board and discussion list for editors
  • face to face orientation and training for editors.

ELECTRONIC DISCUSSION LIST MANAGER

Each Interest Section e-list is managed by one or two leaders in the IS. E-list participants discuss topics germane to the IS community's goals and purpose. E-lists spread the word about TESOL activities, and keep information and communication flowing between members.

As of April 2006, new TESOL members are automatically subscribed to electronic discussion lists (e-lists) for any Interest Sections in which they hold membership if they have selected to receive email and selected the Join Interest Section e-lists option.

Terms of Service:
Minimum of 1 year

Overall Responsibilities:

  • oversees the smooth operation of the IS electronic discussion list (e-list)
  • maintains a list charter that describes the functions and guidelines of each IS’s e-list
  • encourages discussion of professional matters and/or IS business
  • posts compelling questions to keep discussions live in the absence of contributions
  • posts updates and activities periodically or when requested by the Chair
  • contacts list members regarding inappropriate use of the list, when necessary
  • forwards TESOL issues to the list when requested by Central Office or the ISLC
  • informs the ISLC of issues arising on the list that may require TESOL or IS action as a whole

Resources and Support:

  • E-list guidelines and etiquette

Benefits:

  • Networking opportunities with members and TESOL leaders
  • Opportunity to expand leadership skills and increase your professional contacts

WEB CONTENT MANAGER

The TESOL Interest Section Web site provides the latest news, events, and activities to Interest Section members. This area of the TESOL Web site is designated for members only.

Terms of Service:
Minimum of 1 year

Overall Responsibilities:

  • develops and updates a professionally oriented Web site which resides on the TESOL server
  • maintains Web pages with a professional orientation
  • attends the Web Content Managers Workshop at the annual TESOL convention
  • announces convention plans in a timely fashion
  • offers helpful links
  • posts summaries of IS events, such as discussion groups and poster sessions

Resources:

  • TESOL Web analyst
  • face to face training at the annual TESOL convention and/or by conference call.

Benefits:

  • training on the TESOL Web content management system
  • opportunity to expand leadership skills and increase your professional contacts