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Awards ​Professional Council


The Awards Professional Council (APC) supports TESOL International Association by recognizing outstanding accomplishments of individuals who have made exceptional contributions to the TESOL field and offering opportunities for educators to participate in the association’s programs. The APC coordinates the review and selection of applications for specific TESOL awards and grants as determined by the Board of Directors.

Terms of Service

Members are appointed by the Executive Committee through an application process. Once appointed, Professional Council members make a one-year commitment to serve, renewable twice annually for up to three years of service. Service on the APC shall begin and end at the annual TESOL International Convention.

Each year, a chair-elect shall be nominated by the Executive Director though an application process, with final approval by the Executive Committee. Only those serving on the Professional Council at the time of the application process are eligible to apply. Once appointed, the designee shall serve for one year as chair-elect followed by one year as chair before rotating off the Professional Council.

The APC shall consist of 10 to 14 members, plus a staff partner and board liaison. The APC shall ensure adequate membership to carry out its duties and responsibilities as specified below.

Membership Criteria

Interested applicants shall be asked to list their level of education and experience and explain how they are qualified to contribute to the APC's goals and objectives. APC members should have experience as an awards reviewer prior to serving. APC membership should reflect the widest possible range of professional expertise and experience, with special attention paid to diverse geographical, cultural, and generational representation.

Duties and Responsibilities

The Awards Professional Council shall
  • coordinate activities related to the adjudication of applications for TESOL awards and grants.
    • recruit volunteers to review applications
    • serve as an award reviewer (and in some cases as a tiebreaker)
    • assess and administer the award review process
  • provide guidance on the criteria and adjudication for TESOL awards and grants
  • develop and implement a process for the periodic review and revision of TESOL awards and grants
  • assist in the recognition of award winners at the annual TESOL International Convention & English Language Expo

Members, 2017–2018

Chair: Jill Caya
Chair-Elect: Bella Hettich
Board Liaison: John Schmidt
Staff Partner: ​Nancy Flores

Shahid Abrar-ul-Hassan
Esther Bettney
Sherry Blok
Andy D. Halvorsen
Sandi J. Janusch
Jill Kester
Brooke L. Leach Grable
Rhonda R. Petree
Heather L. Reichmuth
John Rogers
Claire Bradin Siskin
Juyoung Song
Lora J. Yasen