May 2012
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Leadership Updates
Elizabeth Wittner, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA, USA

Dear colleagues,

My name is Liz Wittner and I am the new chair-elect for the ITA Interest Section. I have been involved in TESOL for the past 25 years, but came to higher ed and ITA training about a dozen years ago. I find ITA work completely fascinating and engaging as it cuts across so many of my interests: oral English, pedagogy, and intercultural communication. I very much enjoy being with others who are captivated by this work as well, so it was great to see some of you at TESOL in Philadelphia last month. What an interesting and talented group of people we have in this IS! I look forward to meeting, or at least having written conversations with, those of you I haven’t yet met.

I am honored to be the chair-elect of the ITAIS. I hope to use the coming year to focus on learning leadership skills from our chair Kim Kenyon and past-chair Kathi Cennamo, as well as the many knowledgeable people who have put in so much time in building this IS. I also plan to pay close attention to the themes that arise in our IS so that we can pursue these in later Academic and InterSection sessions as well as online. Finally, I’m hoping to learn about ways we can draw in others who are involved in ITA programs and who could contribute so much to our dialogue on ITA issues. I look forward to working with all of you!

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