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Research Professional Council


The Research Professional Council (RPC) informs, supports and guides TESOL International Association’s research initiatives and priorities.

Terms of Service

Members are appointed by the Executive Committee through an application process. The application should solicit information regarding education and professional training, relevant experience, and potential contributions to the Professional Council with reference to the Professional Council’s goals and objectives. Once appointed, Professional Council members make a one-year commitment to serve, renewable twice annually for up to three years of service.

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 and then one year as past chair before rotating off the council. 

The RPC shall consist of 8 to 12 members, plus a staff partner and board liaison. The RPC shall ensure adequate membership, including experienced researchers and novice researchers, to carry out its duties and responsibilities as specified below.

Membership Criteria

The RPC membership should be representative of the diversity of researchers and researcher interests within the broader, international TESOL membership. To this end, relevant application criteria include: level of education, English language research experience (including methodologies, topics and length of time in the field), geographical representation, research contexts, understanding of the current TESOL research initiatives, and willingness of the applicants to contribute to meeting RPC goals and objectives. 

The RPC should aim for a mix of experienced and novice researchers who use a range of language teaching/learning research methodologies, and who have varying areas of investigation that include but are not limited to English language instruction and language acquisition theories, teacher education, professional identity, applied linguistics, second language acquisition, multilingualism, and World Englishes.

Responsibilities and Duties

The Research Professional Council shall
  • Identify priorities in ELT research for TESOL International Association's strategic support and development 
  • Find ways to communicate TESOL-identified research findings to different stakeholders (e.g. classroom teachers, administrators, policy makers, and researchers) 
  • Promote productive, inclusive, and generative dialogues between practitioners and researchers 
  • Support identified priority research areas through various activities, including but not limited to the TESOL Award for Excellence in Research and collaborations with other Professional Councils 
  • Work together to mentor novice researchers into the profession and build expertise in different types of scholarship for TESOL International Association's membership
For more information, please visit TESOL Research

Members, 2022–2023

Chair: Ozgehan Ustuk
Amira Salama
Past Chair:
 Jessie Curtis
Board Liaison: Raichle Farrelly
Staff Partner: Michelle Kim 


Erhan Aslan
Christine Coombe
Tanisha Dudley-Williams
Melissa Hauber-Özer
Huili Hong
Christina Kitson
Mariana Alvayero Ricklefs
Antonella Valeo