February 2017
Maxi-Ann Campbell, Duke Kunshan University, Kunshan, China

Dear ICIS Colleagues,

It is hard to believe it, but we are almost upon the next annual convention at TESOL, which will be taking place in Seattle, Washington, USA.

At this year’s convention, in addition to ICIS’s academic session, we also have four InterSection sessions. These sessions were created in partnership with the Bilingual Education Interest Section (IS), International Teaching Assistants IS, English as a Foreign Language IS, Social Responsibility IS, and ILGBT Forum. One of our goals for this year was to work with more ISs and also to collaborate with a forum. We are very happy to have not only reached that goal, but to have exceeded the number of sessions of which we had originally conceived. Each session covers current issues in the field, like antibias training for teachers and the legitimacy of nonnative-English-speaking teachers. You can learn more about these sessions in our current newsletter.

We are also excited to see the sessions that our members will be giving. Intercultural communication–related sessions will be marked with an “IC” in the program booklet in order to make them easier to find. We especially hope to see many of you at the ICIS Open Meeting, which will be in room 611 at the convention center, 22 March from 5 pm–6:30 pm.

At this convention, we are pleased to have Amy Alice Chastain, Roxanna Senyshyn, and Barbara Lapornik join the ICIS leadership. Amy and Roxanna will be joining the team as members-at-large, and Barbara will be the next chair-elect. These three women have been chosen by our members to help further ICIS goals and offer new insights about ways to make ICIS more effective for its membership. I am certainly looking forward to working with them, as I look forward to continuing to hear from you, our membership, about your questions and ideas.

I hope to see many of you at the upcoming convention in Seattle! For those who cannot make it, we will certainly be sure to share highlights in the postconvention newsletter!


Maxi-Ann Campbell

ICIS Chair 2016–2017