TESOL Association Leadership Chronology 3

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1997–1998: Korea TESOL National Secretary

I entered this role because I wanted to improve the Korea TESOL's (KOTESOL's) recordkeeping. Little documentation existed beyond what a colleague and I had found from long-time members in the months prior (relating to a newsletter, e.g., finding bylaws and any meeting minutes). Through interviews, I constructed a history.

2001: KOTESOL National First Vice President

We lost nearly half our council in less than two years, including nearly all executive members. I was drafted as a midyear appointment to first vice president and succeeded to president when the president resigned. My role, then, was not organizational growth but stability.

2007–Present: TESOL International Convention Attendee

I came to Seattle in 2007 to attend my first TESOL International Annual Convention and to participate in an affiliate colloquium titled “TESOL and Social Responsibility.”

2011–2016: KOTESOL Webservices Committee

I am not much of a techie, but the KOTESOL website needed people to develop, curate, and edit content. The organization dismissed the predefined job descriptions and considered instead the many tasks needed to create a functioning website. Individuals were then allowed to volunteer for tasks that fit their interests and skills.

2013–2015: Program Administration Interest Section

Many interest section members are busy with paid work and afraid to take on leadership roles. Outgoing leaders from the Program Administration Interest Section asked me directly to become involved, even though I live outside the United States. My aim was to help all IS members participate in leadership by sharing the workload and generating excitement about participation in decision making.