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Serve on the 201​9-2020 Public Policy Professional Council

TESOL International Association is seeking individuals to serve on the new Public Policy Professional Council (PPPC). The initial terms for these appointments will be from February-October 2018, with the option to renew for another year at the end of the appointment. The maximum continuous service period on the PPPC is three years. To be eligible, you must be a member of TESOL International Association in good standing.

About the ​Public Policy Professional Council

The Public Policy Professional Council (PPPC) supports TESOL International Association by helping to support and advise on the Association’s strategic initiatives related public policy. The PPPC shall advise, encourage, and assist the Association on matters related to public policy with the goal of enhancing and sustaining the Association’s reputation as a globally-relevant resource of high-quality, balanced, and effective advice, information, and advocacy on English language education public policy issues.

More information on the responsibilities and duties of the PPPC is available in its charter.  For more information on TESOL advocacy and public policy, visit
Number of vacancies: 8–10

Expertise and Experience

The PPPC seeks the following attributes, experience, knowledge, and/or skills:
  • Deep knowledge of education public policy issues and issues that shape language policy around English language teaching.
  • Experience collecting information and resources that will inform the public policy activities of the Association such as briefs, papers, and statements from other organizations, including TESOL Affiliate Associations.
  • Commitment to communication and knowledge sharing.
  • Ability and willingness to facilitate and support the collection of information on emerging public policy issues.
  • Capacity to work with others, often in different time zones and locations around the globe, through emails and teleconferences.
  • Clear verbal and written communication.
  • Timeliness, with an adherence to deadlines​​​​


Council members are expected to dedicate 4–8 hours per month to the work of the council. The number of hours may be more or less depending on the time of year and status of projects..

Council members are expected to
  • Attend the annual TESOL International Convention if at all possible;
    • Participate in the TESOL Leadership Forum and the Council team meeting one day before the convention;
    • Attend the Town Meeting and the TESOL Annual Business Meeting at the convention.
  • Participate in monthly conference calls.
  • Actively participate in online discussions.
  • Identify and recommend topics for position statements and papers, and contributing to their development for Board consideration.
  • Contribute to the development of issue and policy briefs and other resources to help inform members and the profession as a whole on public policy matters.
  • Support efforts to raise the visibility of the Association’s public policy activities and resources among Association members and the field of English language teaching.
  • Actively encourage Association members to participate in advocacy-related actions spearheaded by the Association.
  • Respond to occasional requests for comment and feedback on issues and matters that arise relating to TESOL advocacy and public policy. 
  • Respond to queries from the Chair in a timely manner;
  • Perform other tasks as necessary. 


The deadline to apply is ​23 September 2019

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