The individual elected in this vote will serve a 3-year term as vice president, president and past president. If you do not approve of either candidate for office there is an option to choose neither. Please see below the candidates’ statements to help you get to know them better before submitting your vote.
As I was compiling my promotion dossier last summer, I realized two things. First: I would not be where I am today without CALICO. Actually, I’ve always known that, but the process of reflecting on and documenting my work and the passing of Robert Fischer were powerful reminders of the central role CALICO has played in my professional development. Second (and this one was indeed a new realization): entering a new stage of my career means that I can shift focus a bit.
I am honored to be nominated for the position of vice president since it would be a wonderful opportunity to give back to the organization. In his last president letter, Jon Reinhardt shared that the board has been focused on increasing membership and raising CALICO’s profile. These are big priorities (familiar to me from my time on the board) that call for long-term strategies and initiatives. If elected as VP, I would work closely with Jon, Marta Gonzalez-Lloret, and all members of the board to continue working on these priorities. Based on the strategies the board has identified, it sounds like we agree that we should capitalize on some of the strengths of this organization: our CALL expertise and the CALICO community.
Throughout my career, I have benefited greatly from CALICO’s many opportunities to grow, network and publish. As VP, I would work for a vibrant, relevant and fiscally healthy CALICO that supports educators and researchers at all stages of their careers.
Nike Arnold (PhD, University of Texas at Austin) is Associate Professor of Applied Linguistics at Portland State University in Oregon, where she works as a teacher educator. Ever since the online discussions in a graduate seminar helped her overcome her insecurities about knowing nothing about Pavlov’s drooling dogs, she has been fascinated by educational technology. Nike has published on online collaborative learning in foreign language learning and language teacher education in a variety of venues. She attended her first of many CALICO conferences in 2003 and served on the board 2013-2016.
I first heard about CALICO while attending graduate school at the University of Arizona in 2000 when a colleague told me that we would be hosting the conference that year. Up until that point the only national conference that I’d attended was TESOL (which I do still attend), so my experience at CALICO opened my eyes to a drastically different view of what a conference could be. This was a conference of ‘manageable’ proportions that did not require attendees to sprint across a vast metropolitan conference center to get from one session to the next in a scant 10 minutes; a conference focused directly on my area of interest where I had no need to dig through 20+ concurrent sessions to find something that applied to my interests; perhaps most importantly, a conference with an excellently collegial feel where attendees took the time to talk with each other, share their interests, and where a young(ish) graduate student might approach any of the big names in the field and they were happy to take the time to share their knowledge and, perhaps, a beer or a meal. That collegiality is the essence of CALICO that brings me back year after year—a community of friendly scholars focused on the shared goal of using technology to enhance language learning.
Because of my love for the organization, I happily served on the Executive Board from 2015-2018, have also served as a SIG chair numerous times, and hosted CALICO at the University of Illinois in 2018. It would most certainly be an honor to serve as the Vice President if elected.
My goal if elected is both simple (though not easy) and critical—increase membership. While I have no desire to make CALICO enormous, it is essential to increase membership to a level to ensure the long-term financial sustainability of the organization. This will require outreach. Lots of outreach. However, it will also entail ‘inreach’—reaching ‘in’ to our current membership to have them assist in reaching out to their own students, colleagues across languages, and professional/corporate/publishing connections. This goal necessitates effort on all our parts, and I’m confident that other attendees of CALICO, who I’m sure have had similarly excellent experiences to mine, will be happy to join in this effort.
Dr. Randall Sadler (Ph.D., University of Arizona) is Associate Professor of Linguistics and Director of TESL and ESL Programs at the University of Illinois. He teaches courses on telecollaboration and language learning, VWs and language learning and teaching L2 reading and writing. His research areas include technology in language learning, focusing on how Telecollaboration, VWs, and VR can enhance that process. He has published in journals including the Journal of EAP, CALICO Journal, ReCALL, Language LLT, Computers & Education, ELT, and in numerous edited volumes. His books include Virtual Worlds, Telecollaboration, and Language Learning (2012, Peter Lang), Handbook of Informal Language Learning (2020, Wiley Blackwell), and New Ways in Teaching with Games (2020, TESOL).