I am deeply honored to be nominated as VP. CALICO has been my professional home since 2003, when I was a doctoral student at the University of Arizona. When I first started working in language education, I was opposed to technology in the classroom, and it was not until I received mentorship from CALICO members and leaders that I discovered the potential and power of CALL. CALICO members have been a pivotal support system in my career. Since 2003 I have been a member; a regular conference presenter; a journal reviewer; author and monograph co-editor; and leader in the organization (CMC SIG co-chair, Executive Board Member, Past President, and Interim Co-Director of CALICO). I would be honored to serve this organization again and support all members and those curious about CALL, who are not yet members; as well as work closely with Gillian Lord and Jonathon Reinhardt, who have pushed CALL and CALICO forward.
CALICO has adjusted to changes in the academe and became a mainstay in the world of SLA. Bryan Smith, Mat Schulze, Ana Oskoz, and Greg Kessler have worked tirelessly to raise the profile of the journal and monograph series. Previous presidents have improved transparency and visibility. Yet, we can help scholars-in-training as well as early-career faculty through navigating the complexities of their degree and promotion requirements, when conducting innovative CALL research. If elected as VP, I would work on creating a mentorship program. Furthermore, I would work with the president and past president, the members of the board, and the editors to further improve our outreach strategies. CALICO has had a big impact on me as a teacher-scholar and as a person. It would be a true honor to serve as VP and to have the opportunity to give back to CALICO.
Senta Goertler (Ph.D., University of Arizona) is Associate Professor of Second Language Studies and German at Michigan State University and Coordinator of the Basic Language Program in German. Her research focuses on language learning in co-curricular settings – be it technology-mediated language learning, education abroad or service learning. Her most significant contributions in CALL have been on online language education. Her research has appeared in journals such as CALICO, CALL, die Unterrichtspraxis, and the Foreign Language Annals. She previously served as Member of the Nomination Committee (2014-2018), Conference Program Co-Chair (2012-2013), Past President (2012-2013), Interim Co-Director (2011-2012), Executive Board Member (2009-2011), and CMC SIG co-chair (2008-2010).
It is an honor to be nominated for the Vice-president role at CALICO organization. CALICO is very special to me and where I discovered my passion for technology. CALCIO Conferences give me the chance to reconnect with colleagues that inspire me and have become my academic family and provides me the energy and mental stimulation to advance my research.
I had the privilege of serving on the board from 2014 to 2017 and during this time, I worked to bring members’ voices to the board. I developed, with my colleagues Bonnie Youngs and Mathias Schulze, the CALICO Statement of Scholarship in consultation with several sister organizations, well-established scholars in our field, and CALICO members in an effort to define our field and provide junior scholars with guidelines to aid them in their tenure and promotion process. My term as a board member culminated at the Flagstaff 2017 Conference as conference chair (with Ana Oskoz). I would like to continue bringing members’ voices to the board and I think a way to do this, year long, is through our new website; expanding it to feature members’ projects and research, and including an area to connect members searching for projects to collaborate, share data, etc.
CALICO has great potential to grow, but it is important that the essence of CALICO remains intact, so it does not become a macro organization without a clear focus. I believe this is achievable and if elected, I would do my best to position CALL research at the forefront of the fields that inform our research, increasing our presence at other conferences where our research maybe less known. This could be achieved by proposing panels at these conferences (as we already do at AAAL) and/or sponsoring members (as CALICO representatives) when accepted to present at other relevant conferences.
I am a Professor at the University of Hawaiʻi. My main areas of interest are at the intersections of technology and Task-based Language Teaching, and technology and L2 pragmatics. I am always excited to share my work through publications, talks, and workshops, and I had the privilege to present as plenary speaker at conferences in Mexico (ENPLE), Brunei (GloCALL), Barcelona (TBLT), and New Zealand (NZALT). My most recent book is Comunicación mediada por tecnologías: Aprendizaje y enseñanza de la lengua extranjera (Equinox, 2018, co-edited with Margarita Vinagre). I serve as the Editor of the Pragmatics & Language Learning book series (NFLRC) and as Co-editor of System Journal (Elsevier).
I am humbled, privileged, and excited by the nomination as a candidate for the position of Vice President of CALICO. Since my first CALICO conference in 1996, I have greatly benefited personally and professionally by being a member of CALICO. Throughout the years, I have grown familiar with the organization and thus hold the highest admiration for Bob Fischer and all who have taken on service positions and selflessly devoted themselves to make CALICO a leading professional organization in CALL today. It is not without surprise and certainly with deep honor that I find myself even being considered for nomination!
As language educators, we live in a time of transformational shift and change. Technology is becoming an inseparable part of language education. CALICO’s role is ever more important in providing support to nourish the creative energy of young language educators and researchers, in addition to being a platform for exchanges of ideas and research for all. As a well-established and highly respected organization in the field of CALL, CALICO has the power to be a mover and shaker of language teaching and learning on a global scale. If elected, I will uphold the longstanding, all-inclusive philosophy of CALICO in supporting young researchers and graduate students from different parts of the world to attend its conferences and be involved in the expansion of the organization. I will bolster efforts to recruit and retain members by developing strategies for further engagement in CALICO through involvement in committees and task forces as well as virtual participation opportunities.
Being a member who has personally benefited from the collaborative relationships between CALICO and other professional organizations, such as EuroCALL and IALLT, I will expand upon them and reach out to other international CALL organizations and research communities. I believe that at this time of change and technologization, the collaboration should be transdisciplinary to include different fields and bring together researchers, developers, practitioners, and language teacher educators to meet the needs of language learners of diverse backgrounds as well as to reflect the epistemological nature of CALL.
I am now at a stage in my personal and professional life where I can devote my time, energy, and abilities to serve the organization. I hope I can have your support.
Meei-Ling Liaw is Professor and founding chair of the English Department at the National Taichung University of Education in Taiwan where she teaches language teacher education courses, CALL Research, and Research Methods. Her research focuses on telecollaboration, intercultural communication, and teacher education. As a two-time recipient of Fulbright Scholarships, she visited and conducted research at UC, Berkeley in 2000 and UC, Irvine in 2008. Her work has been published in Language Learning and Technology, Foreign Language Annals, Computer-Assisted Language Learning, ReCALL, System, etc. She serves on the editorial boards of LLT, Journal of Virtual Exchange, Journal of Intercultural Communication Education, and Korean Journal of Applied Linguistics, and is an associate editor for LLT. She also serves on the AAAL Ad hoc Committee on Online Education and Outreach. She was editor-in-chief of Taiwan International ESP Journal from 2013 to 2017.