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LETTER FROM THE CHAIRS
Angela Dornbusch & Linda Wesley, University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon, USA
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LETTER FROM THE EDITORS
Jacqueline Record & Hannaliisa Savolainen, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, Arizona, USA
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REIMAGINING PROGRAM EVALUATION THROUGH APPRECIATIVE INQUIRY: MOVING BEYOND THE NEGATIVE
Elsie Paredes, & Pamela Smart-Smith, Virginia Tech Language and Culture Institute, Blacksburg, Virginia, USA

Program evaluations can be contentious and negative while appearing to challenge existing staff and current systems. In this article, the authors describe the implementation of an intensive English program’s annual review using Appreciative Inquiry (AI). AI can allow evaluators to stop the negative spiral and generate new and positive ideas for transformational growth. Read More

LANGUAGE PROGRAM ADMINISTRATION POSITIONS IN TESOL/TFL PROGRAMS: NEEDS, INTERVENTIONS, AND POSSIBILITIES
Netta Avineri, Kara Mac Donald, & Ketty Reppert

Many language teachers hold administrative and management positions for which they are not fully prepared. This article describes the desired skill sets for administrative and managerial positions, a variety of ways to acquire these skills, and an example of an MA TESOL/TFL language program administration curriculum and introductory course. Read More

LEADERSHIP IN MOMENTS: GENERATING POSITIVE WORK CULTURE
Britt Johnson, American English Institute, University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon, USA

What’s the best way to generate a positive work culture? How can program leaders confront institutionalized mistrust and negativity? One moment and one interaction at a time, via authenticity and a balance of professional inquiry and advocacy. Read More

ELEVATING THE IMAGE OF ESL BY ENHANCING FACULTY BIOS ON PROGRAM WEBSITES
Patrick T. Randolph, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Nebraska, USA

This article is the first in a three-part series on how to break the “unwanted stepchild curse” of ESL programs and elevate their image in the United States. Read More

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