This website uses cookies. A cookie is a small piece of code that gives your computer a unique identity, but it does not contain any information that allows us to identify you personally. For more information on how TESOL International Association uses cookies, please read our privacy policy. Most browsers automatically accept cookies, but if you prefer, you can opt out by changing your browser settings.

Support Header Image

Nominating Committee Competencies and Responsibilities

The Nominating Committee is accepting applications from TESOL members who wish to run for a position on the Nominating Committee.

The deadline for applications is 11:59pm, U.S. Eastern time, 15 June 2021. 

Please note that if elected, you will be asked to step down from any professional councils or other formal roles within TESOL International Association.


To run for Nominating Committee, you must:

  • have been an active member of TESOL for the past five (5) out of 7 years by June 1 of the year for which your name will appear on the ballot.

  • not have been a full- or part-time employee of TESOL within the past three (3) years.

  • not be a member of the Board of Directors at the time of the election.

  • not be a member of the Nominating Committee at the time of the election. 

What Competencies Are Needed to Perform the Role Well?


  • Be familiar with the association’s mission, vision, values, and goals (strategic plan).

  • Understand the specific responsibilities attached to the different leadership positions on the ballot.

  • Understand the roles and responsibilities of volunteers within the association.

  • Understand the association’s governance structure and policies.

  • Understand the association's programs and services.

  • Understand the needs of the association's members and stakeholders.

  • Understand the ELT profession in different contexts.

  • Recognize and anticipate opportunities and threats in the ELT field that may have direct implications on the association. 

Strategic Thinking and Skills

  • Ability to always keep the big picture in mind while paying attention to details

  • Ability to think independently, grow in knowledge, and rely on data rather than opinions

  • Ability to be goal and future-oriented

  • Ability to think critically, ask questions, and challenge opinions in delicate conversations

  • Ability to understand issues from different perspectives

  • Ability to understand and process large amounts of information (print, online, and oral) effectively and efficiently

  • Ability to synthesize multiple viewpoints and incorporate them into sound decisions


  • Ability to articulate ideas, opinions, rationales, and comments in a clear, concise, and logical manner for the needs of the audience

  • Ability to effectively communicate with a culturally and linguistically diverse team of other committee members, leadership entities, TESOL members, and TESOL staff, orally and in writing

  • Ability to achieve practical consensus in group discussions

  • Ability to operate in an online environment efficiently and effectively

Decision Making

  • Ability to execute due diligence in evaluating potential candidates

  • Ability to use logic and reasoning to identify strengths and weaknesses of candidates

  • Ability to make informed decisions efficiently and take action when needed

  • Ability to be objective at all times about what is best for the whole of the association, rather than what is best for a particular constituency


  • Ability to effectively collaborate as well as work independently and online

  • Ability to interact with other committee members in a group setting, both contributing to, and valuing the contributions of all members


  • Has various leadership experiences within the profession and other professional associations

  • Has experience with policies and procedures

  • Has experiences interacting with ease with diverse ELT professionals

What Is Expected of the Candidate?

It is expected that you:

  • have a commitment to the purpose, mission, and values of the association.

  • have a strong interest in working on the advancement of the association.

  • have cultural awareness, understanding, and appreciation of different cultural needs.

  • act morally and ethically in accordance with the values of the association.

  • represent the membership at large, not a particular interest group or clique.

  • avoid conflicts of interest.

  • understand the need to base decisions on what is good for the association.

  • accept accountability for group decisions so that the committee speaks with one voice.

  • can dedicate 5–6 hours per week to the work of the committee during the orientation, solicitation, and vetting process (January-September),, plus additional time for training and debriefing sessions.

  • are diplomatic yet honest and open in discussions with members of the committee.

  • prepare in advance for and attend meetings and conference calls and review materials as needed.

  • maintain absolute adherence to confidentiality.

How to Apply

You are required to submit your expression of interest (EOI) form online. The deadline for completed EOI forms is 11:59pm, U.S. Eastern time, 15 June 2021.

If you have any questions about the application process, please contact Rita Buckner at or +1.703.518.2507 (Virginia, USA).

Application Materials

The application requires you to submit information about your leadership experience, your background, and your competencies. The process will be easier if you prepare the following information in advance. (Please note that word limits will be strictly enforced.)

Statement of Purpose: Please submit a brief statement elaborating your reason for running for the Board of Directors, including what areas of expertise you bring to the Board and Executive Committee (up to 250 words).

Institutional Support: Serving as a director requires a significant amount of time throughout the year to perform these responsibilities to the association. About 2-4 hours per week, plus additional hours before Board meetings and 12 hours in the two weeks before the annual convention. You will be expected to participate in online discussions in a timely manner all year.

Please acknowledge here that you have enough time to perform all these responsibilities, which may include getting release time from your institution. ___Yes  ___No

Knowledge: Please explain- and support with examples- your knowledge of (up to 300 words)

  • TESOL International Association's structure, policies, and culture (including its mission, vision, values, goals, current strategic plan, governance structure, role of staff and volunteers, programs and services)

  • the current TESOL field and its direction (including ELT profession in different contexts, threats/challenges in the ELT field for the association, authoritative literature on association leadership and governance, the association's role in advancing the field)

Leadership Experiences: List your relevant leadership training and leadership roles, both from within and outside TESOL International Association. Start with the most recent and include a brief description of each (type, focus, dates of service). Then, please give examples from your leadership experiences that demonstrate your abilities to: (up to 350 words)

  • inspire and empower others, including the recruitment/mentoring of new leaders

  • efficiently use resources to achieve set goals, including organizing tasks, delegating responsibilities that use people's skills efficiently, and directing other resources

Strategic thinking & Decision making: Please give examples, especially from your leadership experience, that demonstrate your abilities to do the following before making decisions: (up to 300 words)

  • consider the big picture while being goal/future-oriented, not get caught in minutiae

  • process large amounts of information; synthesize and incorporate multiple viewpoints and perspectives

  • think independently and critically (including using research data, asking questions, challenging unsubstantiated information)

  • analyze reports of standing committees, task forces, professional councils, etc. and comment on drafts of publications and other documents as appropriate

Communication: Please give examples that demonstrate your communication abilities to do the following: (up to 300 words)

  • speak professionally in small or large groups with prepared materials (including to articulate oneself clearly, concisely and logically while addressing the audience's needs)

  • enhance one's intercultural competence continually and proactively, to represent the association in interactions with culturally and linguistically diverse groups of people in multiple contexts effectively

  • facilitate group discussions strategically (including focusing on the agenda and working for practical consensus)

  • advocate for ELT professionals, students, and the field at multiple levels, from local to international

  • promote transparency, communicating developments to members, affiliates, etc. and invite input

  • operate in an online environment efficiently and effectively

Independent and Team Work: Please give examples that demonstrate your abilities to: (up to 300 words)

  • effectively collaborate with the Executive Director, Board colleagues, and staff

  • work independently

  • interact with other board members in a group setting, both contributing to, and valuing the contributions of all members

  • provide feedback to an executive director, employer, supervisor, etc. on behalf of a group/your peers

Financial Skills: Please give examples that demonstrate your abilities to: (up to 250 words)

  • understand and analyze financial reports

  • review and analyze proposed budgets in light of association resources, strategic goals, and priorities

Areas of Growth: Please list the skills and competencies related to service on the Nominating Committee that you feel you need to strengthen within yourself (up to 150 words).

Statement of Understanding: In your own words, describe your understanding of the nominating committee’s role (up to 200 words). See TESOL Policy Manual

Biographical Statement: Please attach here a Word document (.docx) or PDF with your professional biography that will be used on the ballot if you are selected as a candidate. Please use the provided template.

References: Please list contact information for a minimum of three (3) TESOL members and a maximum of five (5) people who can serve as your reference. Make sure to notify your designated references in advance. (Note: Do not use as references current Nominating Committee members, current Past-President or current TESOL staff members. Also, do not use more than one current or past board member. Finally, it is best if you do not use a reference who has already written letters for other current applicants.)


  1. EOIs must be submitted by June 15th.

  2. References are due by July 5th.

  3. Notification of results of EOI submissions will be by Aug. 15th. Additional information may be required at this time.

  4. Election process begins Oct. 15th and ends Nov 8th.

  5. The TESOL Executive Director will inform each candidate of the election outcome directly.

Please note: If elected, all conflicts of interest will need to be addressed. You will be asked to resign from leadership in any professional councils or other formal roles in TESOL International Association, avoid publishing for TESOL, or serving as an editor for TESOL publications. You will also be asked to resign from any top leadership position in a TESOL affiliate. You may have to forgo royalties from currently promoted TESOL publications. See TESOL International Association Policy Manual for more information.

Access the Expression of Interest Form

The deadline for completed EOI forms is 11:59pm, U.S. Eastern time, 15 June 2021When you have completed your form, you should receive an email acknowledging your application.

If you do not receive the acknowledgment or you have any questions, please contact Rita Buckner (phone: +1 703.518.2507).