Speaker Bios

1c.SGarton_photo_smSpeaking on Inquiry: Sue Garton is a senior lecturer in TESOL at Aston University, Birmingham, UK. She has been an English language teacher and teacher educator for nearly 30 years. She served on the TESOL Research Committee 2009–2015, including one term as chair (2013–2015). She is currently coordinating a major EU-funded project to introduce new MA programmers into universities in Russia, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan. 

Her research interests include language in education policy, teaching young learners, language teacher education, and classroom discourse. She has published numerous books and articles on English language teaching, including a volume in the Oxford Handbooks for Teachers series, From Experience to Knowledge in ELT, with Julian Edge. She is currently co-editor of International Perspectives on ELT, a 15-volume series published by Palgrave Macmillan. She is also co-editing the Routledge Handbook of Teaching English to Young Learners.

1a.AAbuMezied_photo_smSpeaking on Equity: Asmaa Abu Mezied is a global shaper, blogger, and Atlas Corps Fellow. She is originally from Gaza, where she founded the Gaza SEES Through Entrepreneurship initiative. The initiative empowers adolescent girls affected by war and conflict by creating safe spaces and entrepreneurial thinking.

Asmaa was also a professional fellow at University of Michigan, where she studied economic empowerment through entrepreneurship for Middle Eastern and North African women. Previously, Asmaa worked for four years as a researcher and business development specialist at Small Enterprise Center, focusing on the economic empowerment of marginalized people especially youth and women in the Gaza Strip.

Asmaa is now a research fellow at Internet2 in Washington, D.C., studying the impact of higher education on the U.S. economy and blogging about technology, unemployment, diversity, and stereotypes.

1b.GKessler_photo_smSpeaking on Professionalism: Greg Kessler is the director of the Language Resource Center and associate professor of computer-assisted language learning (CALL) in the Department of Linguistics at Ohio University. He is also an affiliated faculty member in instructional technology in the Patton College of Education, also at Ohio University.

His research addresses instructional technology, teacher preparation, language teaching, language learning, and associated human behavior.

He was an author of the TESOL Technology Standards and has served as the chair of the TESOL CALL Interest Section. He has also been president of Ohio TESOL and the Computer Assisted Language Instruction Consortium (CALICO). He has published widely and been a featured speaker around the world.