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E-Mail: polio@msu.edu

Phone: (517) 884-1502

Office: B251 Wells Hall

Ph.D., UCLA, Applied Linguistics; MS, University of Pennsylvania, TESOL; BA, University of Pennsylvania, Linguistics


Call for abstracts for TWO special issues of TESOL Quarterly (2024)

Global Englishes and TESOL (abstracts due January 15, 2023)

Jim McKinley (University College London): j.mckinley@ucl.ac.uk
Heath Rose (University of Oxford): heath.rose@education.ox.ac.uk

Assessing the effectiveness of corpus-based approaches to English language teaching (abstracts due January 31, 2023)

J. Elliott Casal (University of Memphis): jecasal@memphis.edu
Matt Kessler (University of South Florid): kesslerm@usf.edu

TESOL Quarterly Special Issue

Abstracts for TESOL Quarterly’s special issue, on Teaching English in a Time of Resurgent Nationalism, edited by Kyle McIntosh and Paul McPherron, are due on January 31, 2022.

TESOL Quarterly Graduate Student Board Members

We are looking for graduate students to serve on the TESOL Quarterly editorial board.

Slides from publishing talk

beijing international publishing talk

Genre presentation, or, how to avoid the five-paragraph essay

Here is my CeLTA presentation: celta genre workshop

Speaker invitations

This is from Paul Kei Matusda’s blog and very comprehensive: http://dissoilogoi2.blogspot.com/2012/04/please-read-if-you-are-planning-to.html

Tenure and promotion letters

Every year from about May to July, I get requests to write tenure and promotion letters.  I am happy to do this service for no honorarium in many cases.  Many of the requests that I get, however, do not contain enough information for me to agree to write the letter.  If you are the chair of a department requesting a letter, here are some suggestions.

  1. Make the request in May.  By July, I will have often received five requests.
  2. Include a copy of the candidate’s CV.
  3. State in the request if there is an honorarium.  While the majority of universities do not pay, some do.  I will write the letter for no pay, but it should be stated up front that there is no honorarium.  I fully understand if you don’t have the budget for it, but please be explicit.
  4. State whether or not the letter will be confidential.  Some states do not allow confidential letters.
  5. Give a deadline for the letter.
  6. At this stage, the guidelines for promotion and tenure are helpful, but they can be sent later with the materials.
  7. Most important: Make sure my research area aligns somewhat closely with the candidate’s.  It’s much easier for me to write a strong letter when there is a close match.

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