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,
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
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!
ICIS Chair 2016–2017