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The James E. Alatis Award for Service to TESOL

Purpose

To acknowledge outstanding and extended service by a TESOL member. This award was established in 1987 to honor James E. Alatis, TESOL's first executive director, for his 21 years of devoted service.

Eligibility

Any TESOL member may nominate another TESOL member for this award. Former TESOL staff and board members may be nominated until three (3) years after completion of their term of service.

Award

A commemorative plaque is presented to the recipient at the annual TESOL convention, and the recipient's name is placed on a permanent plaque containing the names of all previous winners that hangs in the TESOL office. One award is presented each year.

Criteria

The recipient is selected according to evidence of:
  • Genuine and long-lasting support of TESOL International Association through leadership and service.
  • Exemplary professionalism and representation of TESOL values of professionalism, respect, integrity, and lifelong learning.
  • Commitment to the mission of TESOL.
  • Dedication to the field/the profession.
For more details, please see the Evaluation Rubric.

To Nominate a Colleague

Support of the nomination by two other TESOL members is required. You will be asked for the following information to complete the nomination process. You are strongly encouraged to gather this information before you begin the application to expedite the nomination process.
  1. Nominee’s Information: full name, institution (place of work), place of residence (city, state/province, country), email address, phone number.
  2. Description of the nominee’s achievements and activities that demonstrate their commitment to the TESOL values of professionalism, respect, integrity, and lifelong learning and show they are an ambassador for the association and the profession (max 500 words).
  3. List of the nominee’s leadership roles/service, dates of service that they have had within TESOL International Association.
  4. List of the nominee’s leadership roles/service, dates of service that they have had outside TESOL International Association and are relevant to the profession.
  5. The nominee’s professional bio (max 300 words).
  6. Any additional information about the nominee’s professionalism and commitment to the mission of the organization and the TESOL profession (max 400 words).
  7. Names and email addresses of two other TESOL members who support the nomination.

Application Deadline

Applications are being accepted from 17 October through 30 November 2022.

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2022 Recipient: Andy Curtis

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Andy Curtis is a professor at Anaheim University. From 2015 to 2016, he served as the 50th President of TESOL International Association. He has (co)authored and (co)edited 200 publications, presented to 50,000 language educators in 100 countries, and his work has been read by 100,000 language educators in 150 countries. He is based in Ontario, Canada.


Past Award Recipients

View a list of past recipients.

Questions?

Please contact TESOL Awards, Honors, & Grants.