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Serve on the Research Professional Council

TESOL International Association seeks individuals to serve on the Research Professional Council (RPC). These are one-year appointments, beginning on 1 November each year, with the option to renew for another year at the end of the appointment. The maximum continuous service period on the RPC is three years. To be eligible, you must be a member of TESOL International Association in good standing. 

About the Research Professional Council

The Research Professional Council (RPC) advances English language teaching and learning by supporting research as outlined in TESOL International Association’s Strategic Plan. The RPC actively connects research to classroom practices, supports and operationalizes the TESOL Research Agenda, champions TESOL research at non-association events and in its publications, and supports novice researchers in their inquiry. Depending on its needs, the RPC shall consist of 8 to 12 members, plus a staff partner and board liaison. 

The RPC aims for a mix of experienced and novice researchers who use a range of language teaching/learning research methodologies, and who have varying areas of investigation that include but are not limited to English language instruction and language acquisition theories, teacher education, professional identity, applied linguistics, second language acquisition, multilingualism, and World Englishes. 

Responsibilities and Duties 

The Research Professional Council shall: 
  • Identify priorities in ELT research for TESOL International Association's strategic support and development 
  • Find ways to communicate TESOL-identified research findings to different stakeholders (e.g. classroom teachers, administrators, policy makers, and researchers) 
  • Promote productive, inclusive, and generative dialogues between practitioners and researchers 
  • Support identified priority research areas through various activities, including but not limited to the TESOL Award for Excellence in Research and collaborations with other Professional Councils 
  • Work together to mentor novice researchers into the profession and build expertise in different types of scholarship for TESOL International Association's membership
More information on the responsibilities and duties of the Research Professional Council is available in its charter and at

Expertise and Experience

The RPC is looking for active researchers to assemble a balance of international representation across the scholarly areas of TESOL (e.g., applied linguistics, assessment, teacher identity, language policy, language awareness, bilingualism, teacher education, global English, etc.). In addition, applicants should demonstrate the following skills and abilities:
  • Willingness to lead RPC initiatives and/or support other RPC members in such projects
  • Capacity to work with others, often in different time zones and locations around the globe, through emails and virtual conference calls
  • Clear verbal and written communication
  • Timeliness, with an adherence to occasional tight deadlines
  • Maintain objectivity in evaluating RPC initiatives 


Applicants should be prepared to be actively engaged. The RPC offers multiple opportunities for engagement beyond its annual convention activities and welcomes new ideas. During the year, RPC members are expected to attend quarterly conference calls and complete specific tasks that may be assigned. Tasks may include, but are not limited to:
  • Actively participating in online discussions
  • Reviewing TESOL Award for Excellence in Research submissions
  • Organizing convention sessions or events
  • Monitoring and sharing ELT research trends 
  • Actively seeking opportunities to connect TESOL research to practice and policy both within the TESOL association and externally
  • Exploring ways to communicate and/or collaborate with other TESOL leadership groups 
If able, RPC members are expected to attend the annual TESOL convention. At the convention they are expected to participate in the:
  • TESOL Leadership Forum on the day prior to the official start of the convention
  • organization and support of research-oriented events as appropriate
Although some months require more time commitments that others, members may expect a time commitment of 5-10 hours per month to fulfill RPC commitments.


The application deadline is 12 September. 

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