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Serve on the Professional Development Professional Council

TESOL International Association is seeking members to serve on the Professional Development Professional Council (PDPC).The term for these appointments will be from 1 November 2022 to 31 October 2023, with the option to renew at the end of the appointment. The maximum continuous service period on the PDPC is three years. To be eligible, you must be a member of TESOL International Association in good standing.

About Professional Development Professional Council

The PDPC helps TESOL International Association identify professional development needs based on issues and developments in English language teaching as well as membership feedback and surveys. The PDPC works in conjunction with a staff partner and a board liaison to advance the professional learning and engagement goal in the association’s Strategic Plan.

More information on the responsibilities and duties of the PDPC is available in its charter.

Expertise and Experience

The PDPC is looking for members who have experience in the following work settings:
  • PreK-12 both in the US and outside the US
  • Online teaching
  • Intensive English programs both in the US and outside the US
Those who apply should also have the following knowledge about the association and the field:
  • TESOL professional development programs
  • Current trends in the English language teaching profession


Council members are encouraged to attend the TESOL convention and fully participate in all official meetings of the council. On the day before the convention, council members attend a morning Leadership Briefing, followed by a four-hour PDPC meeting. Council members are also encouraged to attend the Town Meeting and the TESOL Annual Business Meeting.

Throughout the year, council members are also actively involved in specific work groups and subcommittee tasks, and communicate frequently to meet deadlines. Tasks may include, but are not limited to
  • actively participating in online discussions.
  • reviewing professional development proposals.
  • monitoring ELT professional development trends and hot topics.
  • reviewing evaluations of TESOL professional development programs.
  • recommending topics and presenters or instructors for TESOL professional development programs.
Council members advocate for TESOL's professional development programs. They also review the needs assessment, conceptual development, integration, and evaluation of all TESOL's professional development activities.

Although some months require more time commitments that others, PDPC members may expect to spend 5–10 hours per month to fulfill PDPC commitments. 


The deadline to apply is 12 September.

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