Posted on April 14, 2015

Dudley Reynolds, teaching professor of English at Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar, was recently sworn in as the 51st president-elect of the Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) International Association in Toronto. TESOL is the largest professional association for teachers of English to speakers of other languages with more than 13,000 members in 165 countries, and 100 globally affiliated associations, including Qatar TESOL. Reynolds was sworn in at the organization’s annual conference—the TESOL International Convention & English Language Expo.

CMU-Q faculty member appointed 2 [].jpgThe TESOL Executive Committee comprises the president, president-elect, and the past president. Reynolds will serve as president-elect until March 2016. He will then be sworn in as the 51st president, following which he will go on to serve as past-president from March 2017 to March 2018. “As an expert in second language literacy and instruction, TESOL International Association will benefit tremendously from Dudley’s leadership. On behalf of the Carnegie Mellon community, we congratulate Dudley on this achievement and look forward to supporting him in his new role,” said Ilker Baybars, dean of Carnegie Mellon Qatar.

A member of the TESOL Board of Directors from 2009-2012, Reynolds is also a prominent figure in Qatar TESOL, the official national TESOL affiliate that is run by English language teaching (ELT) volunteers. At the 11th International Qatar TESOL Conference, held in February 2015, Reynolds participated in a roundtable discussion on ‘Preparing English Language Learners for the GCC of the Future’ and presented his research on a professional development program for Qatari middle-school English and science teachers where the focus was on how to improve students’ reading.

Several other Carnegie Mellon Qatar faculty members were also among the key speakers at the Qatar TESOL Conference, including Thomas Mitchell, assistant teaching professor of English, and Silvia Pessoa, associate teaching professor of English, who presented ‘The Impact of Source Text Genre and Prompt Language on Students’ Ability to Produce Arguments’.