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Nominating Committee Competencies and Responsibilities

The TESOL Nominating Committee is seeking a wide range of candidates from diverse geographical regions and teaching contexts who wish to run for the Nominating Committee. Applicants must be TESOL members. This year, the Nominating Committee will fill eight (8) vacancies.

The deadline for applications is midnight, U.S. Eastern time, 21 May 2018. 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 be
  • an active member of TESOL for the past five (5) years by June 1 of the year for which your name will appear on the ballot
  • not a full- or part-time employee of TESOL within the past three (3) years
  • not a member of the Board of Directors at the time of the election
  • not a member of the Nominating Committee at the time of the election

Nominating Committee Responsibilities

Members who serve on the Nominating Committee solicit and vet nominations for three TESOL leadership positions: president-elect, board of directors, and Nominating Committee.

Members have five core responsibilities:
  • Complete an online orientation to the application review process
  • Become familiar with the strategic direction and the leadership needs of the association
  • Solicit, evaluate, vet, and screen prospective candidates
  • Recommend candidates for the slate
  • Maintain confidentiality throughout the process
Additional responsibilities include participating in face-to-face and conference call meetings, communicating with the candidates and their references (e.g., soliciting additional information), and staying abreast of updates and information on the committee email list.

What Competencies Are Needed to Perform This 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

  • 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

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 between 15 January and 31 July
  • 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 midnight, U.S. Eastern time, 21 May 2018.

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 (150 words).

Leadership Training: List all the leadership training (within or outside TESOL International Association) starting with the most recent. Please include a brief description of each (type, focus, dates).

Leadership Experience Within the Profession: List your past or current roles and responsibilities relevant to the position, starting with the most recent.

Leadership Experiences in TESOL International Association or Affiliate: Please list the entity in which you played a leadership role, your role, and dates of service, starting with the most recent.

Key Qualities and Strengths: Describe the qualities and strengths (knowledge and skills) that you would bring to the Nominating Committee position (150 words).

Areas of Growth: Please list the skills and competencies related to service on the Nominating Committee that you feel you need to strengthen (100 words).

Competency Statement: Describe how you have demonstrated the knowledge and skills needed for the Nominating Committee position (250 words).

Biographical Statement: Please submit a short professional biography (200 words).

Statement of Understanding: Describe your understanding of the Nominating Committee role (100 words).

References: Please list contact information for a minimum of three (3) and a maximum of five (5) TESOL members who can serve as your reference. Please make sure to notify your designated references in advance. (Note: Please do not use as references current Nominating Committee members, current past president or current TESOL staff members. Also, please do not use more than one current or past board member.)

Access the Expression of Interest Form

The deadline for completed EOI forms is midnight, U.S. Eastern time, 21 May 2018.

When you have completed your form, you should receive an email acknowledging your application. If you do not receive the acknowledgment or your have any questions, please contact Rita Buckner (phone: +1 703.518.2507).