The James E. Alatis Award for Service to TESOL

2016 Alatis Award Recipient: ​Jun Liu

Jun Liu Dr. Jun Liu is vice provost for global affairs, dean of international academic programs and services, and professor of linguistics at State University of New York, Stony Brook. From 2006 to 2008, he became the first Asian and nonnative-English-speaking President of TESOL International and he has served TESOL in numerous capacities for more than two decades.,A well-respected teacher, researcher, and scholar, Dr. Liu is also known in the field of teaching Chinese to speakers of other ​languages and has served since 2009 as vice president of the International Society of Chinese Language Teaching. He has published extensively in the area of intercultural communication, communicative competence, and language education. A sought after and motivating speaker, Dr. Liu has given more than 100 plenary and invited speeches in more than 30 countries since 2000.     

Who's Eligible

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 is presented to the recipient at the TESOL convention, and the recipient's name is placed on a permanent plaque in TESOL staff 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

To Nominate a Colleague Online

An individual TESOL member, a TESOL affiliate, interest section, or other TESOL group may nominate a TESOL member for this award. To complete the online nomination process, you will need the following information. You are strongly encouraged to gather this information before you begin the application. That way, you can fill out the nomination completely, and you will not have to go back and fill in items later.

Candidate's Information

  • full name
  • institution (place of work)
  • place of residence (city, state, country)
  • email address
  • phone number

Letter of Nomination

The letter of nomination should
  • describe the candidate specifically in terms of the aforementioned attributes and providing examples of the nominee's strengths in these areas
  • list chronologically the nominee's service to TESOL organizations

Letter of Support

If the nominator is a group, a letter of support is not required. If the nominator is an individual, he or she must solicit a letter of support from another TESOL member who can comment on the nominee's strengths in terms of the criteria listed above.

How to Apply

Send your nomination by email to no later than 15 September.



Past Award Recipients

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