[EDLING:1104] Open Call for the 2008 TESOL Annual Convention Chair

Francis M Hult fmhult at DOLPHIN.UPENN.EDU
Sun Dec 4 20:20:28 UTC 2005

Open Call for the 2008 TESOL Annual Convention Chair


Would you like to be considered for the convention program chair of the 2008 TESOL annual 
convention in New York, New York, in the United States?

Position Overview 

The incoming TESOL president-elect, who will be elected in January 2006, will select the 
2008 TESOL convention program chair (CPC) to be confirmed at the March 2006 board of 
directors meeting.  

The CPC, who is a member of TESOL, is responsible for assembling a dynamic, well-balanced 
academic program for TESOL's annual convention. The individual will serve as the incoming 
CPC on a four-member convention committee that also includes the current CPC, the past 
CPC, and a liaison from the TESOL board of directors. The committee develops the academic 
content of TESOL's annual convention. The position entails a 3-year commitment to 
committee meetings, electronic communication, and serving ex officio on the board of 
directors (2007-2008). Appropriate recognition of the CPC will appear in TESOL's 
publications and on its Web site. Expenses related to the position will be covered by 

Responsibilities of the CPC

studies needs assessment tools and trends in the English language teaching community to 
shape the convention's academic program; continually evaluates the relevance of the 
current academic program 

develops the convention theme and generates a coherent academic program by assuring that 
diverse, relevant subject matter is represented 

interacts with the president, board of directors, membership entities (i.e., interest 
sections, caucuses, affiliates), convention committee, and related local site committees 
on issues related to the academic program, and interacts with the director of conference 
services and Central Office staff who are responsible for annual convention operations and 

attends a minimum of six meetings per calendar year, which include three planning 
meetings, TESOL's annual convention, and other meetings as needed; historically, meetings 
are held during the months of January, March, May, June, August, and October 
serves ex officio on the TESOL board of directors from March 2007 to March 2008


commitment to working with the convention committee for 3 years 

understanding of and experience with TESOL's annual convention structure or with similar 
event planning 

capacity to develop goals, set priorities, and meet deadlines 
ability to work in a collaborative environment with the TESOL community and to inspire 
others to build a solid academic program 

initiative and vision to make the TESOL annual convention the best possible professional 

leadership skills, particularly the ability to think critically and creatively

Interested individuals should submit the information listed below via e-mail to 
president at tesol.org with the subject line: CPC Candidate Submission. The deadline is 11:59 
pm, eastern standard time, December 15, 2005. 

Any TESOL member may submit an application. Candidates for TESOL president-elect may also 
encourage individuals to submit application materials for consideration. All CPC 
candidates must submit the required information by the established deadline in order to be 

The CPC will be selected by the newly elected 2006-2007 president-elect with the 
confirmation of the board of directors. 
Confirmation of the CPC will take place at the March 2006 TESOL board of directors 
meeting. The selected individual will attend the convention held March 15-18, 2006, in 
Tampa, Florida, in the United States, to begin work with the convention committee.
Please submit the following information:

résumé (attached as a separate document) 
statement (1,000 words or less) to include 
three experiences that support the required profile listed above 
prior experiences at TESOL's annual convention in the past 5 years (e.g., participant, 
presenter, TESOL leader, volunteer) and other related experience (e.g., academic, TESOL 
affiliates, community service) 
time management ability, which includes commitment to meeting deadlines, attending 
meetings, and staying accessible
two letters of recommendation from TESOL members stating how the candidate has exhibited 
the required profile listed above 
Timeline for selecting the 2008 TESOL Convention Program Chair

October 1, 2005  
Open call for CPC candidates is posted on TESOL's Web site, in TESOL Connections (on 
October 7), and other appropriate communications. 
As received, CPC candidate information is forwarded to the president-elect candidates

December 15, 2005  
Call for CPC candidates is closed.

January 13, 2006  
Results of the TESOL election to determine the president-elect are announced.

January 31, 2006  
The newly elected president-elect submits her/his selection to board of 
directors/Executive Committee for confirmation.

March 15, 2006  
The CPC selection is confirmed. Immediately thereafter, the TESOL annual convention manual 
and related materials are provided to the CPC.

March 15 2006  
The newly appointed CPC attends the annual convention in Tampa and participates in 
appropriate meetings.

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