TESOL Association Leadership Chronology 1

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1981–1984: ORTESOL Newsletter Editor

A colleague encouraged me to try working on the newsletter for Oregon TESOL (ORTESOL), first by helping her then by taking on the role of editor myself.

1990–1992: CALL Interest Section

I found my home in the Computer-Assisted Language Learning Interest Section (CALL IS) in 1985, becoming part of the steering committee, then associate chair and chair between 1990 and 1992. As an IS chair, I was asked to work on updating the TESOL association bylaws where they referred to interest sections in particular. That sounded interesting; it would prove to be the start of my involvement on TESOL task forces.

1994–1995: TESOL Technology Task Force

I had set up an administrative computing system at my intensive English Program as well as working with instructional technology. Having both hats made me a useful member of the TESOL Technology Task Force, which was tasked with looking into ways that the association could better use technology in its operations and to achieve strategic goals.

2008–2011: CALL Interest Section

I rejoined the CALL IS Steering Committee on a formal basis. I had been active in the IS as the software archivist, but felt I could do more. I also became part of TESOL's Strategic Planning Task Force, providing input on the association's strategic plan. Being on a task force let me focus my energy on a short-term project while still serving as director of my intensive English Program.

2014–2017: Board of Directors

Having shifted from administration back to teaching, I was ready to take on a longer term role in the association. Being on the TESOL Board of Directors has been challenging and rewarding, giving me a far deeper view of the organization than I had before.