September 2015
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Nathanael Rudolph, Mukogawa Women's University, Nishinomiya, Hyogo, Japan & Bedrettin Yazan, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Alabama

Nathanael Rudolph

Bedrettin Yazan

From the Editors: Transitions in Editorship

We, the editors, are pleased to announce that Drs. Burcu Ates and Baburhan Uzum, assistant professors at Sam Houston State University, will assume newsletter editorial duties following the 2016 TESOL International Convention to be held in Baltimore, Maryland, USA. Drs. Ates and Uzum have contributed much to the drive toward problematizing and addressing inequity in the field of ELT, in and through their participation in the NNEST Interest Section (IS) and other professional activities. Welcome, Burcu and Baburhan!

We would like to thank members of the IS and the IS steering committee (past and present) for the opportunity to serve as editors for 2 years. During our tenure as editors, we have worked to highlight the diverse array of voices seeking to conceptualize and confront inequity in our “field.” Indeed, as we explored in the September 2014 edition of the newsletter, there exist differing worldviews of the nature and origin of inequity, and therefore of how we might work to create personal and professional space for being and becoming within the contexts in which we work and live. Our hope is that the newsletter, and IS in general, increasingly function as venues for budding and established professionals to share with, connect with, and learn from each other, and as catalysts for debate and discussion that, in turn, transform the field of ELT, critically and practically, in the ultimate interest of serving our students and of cultivating “a nondiscriminatory professional environment for all [emphasis added] TESOL members regardless of native language and place of birth” (NNEST IS, 2014).

With our deepest gratitude,

Nathanael and Bedrettin


NNEST Interest Section. (2014). About this community. NNEST Newsletter. Retrieved from

Nathanael Rudolph is currently teaching at Mukogawa Women's University, Nishinomiya in Japan. His research interests include postmodern and poststructural approaches to language, culture and identity, equity in the field of English language teaching, and the contextualization and teaching of English as an international language.

Bedrettin Yazan is an assistant professor of applied linguistics at the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa. His research is focused on language teacher learning and identity, English as an international language, collaboration between ESL and mainstream teachers, and sociocultural theories in second language learning.

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