Anaheim University TESOL Professor, Dr. Kathleen M. Bailey, has been elected as Chair of the Board of Trustees of TIRF (The International Research Foundation for English Language Education), and President of the Foundation. Dr. David Nunan, Dean of the Anaheim University Graduate School of Education, has been elected as a member of the Foundation's Executive Committee.
TIRF is a charitable foundation that raises money for research, solicits and vets proposals, and disseminates the findings. The current focus of the foundation is on creating and disseminating research evidence on the international role of English, to support best practices in the development of English language skills in our 21st century global society. For further information, please visit www.tirfonline.org
Professor David Nunan who also serves as Vice-President for Academic Affairs at Anaheim University is a world-renowned linguist and best-selling author of English Language Teaching textbooks for Cambridge University Press, Oxford University Press, and Cengage Learning. His ELT textbook series "Go For It" is the largest selling textbook series in the world with total sales exceeding 1,000,000,000. In 2000, David Nunan served as President of TESOL, the world's largest language teaching association, and was the first person to serve as President from outside North America. David Nunan has been involved in the teaching of graduate programs for such prestigious institutions as Columbia University, the University of Hawaii, Monterey Institute for International Studies, University of Hong Kong, and many more. In 2002 Dr. Nunan received a congressional citation from the United States House of Representatives for his services to English language education through his pioneering work in online education at Anaheim University. In 2003 he was ranked the 7th most influential Australian in Asia by Business Review Weekly, and in 2005 he was named one of the top "50 Australians who Matter". David Nunan was invited by the Australian Prime Minister to attend a summit in Sydney Australia in December 1996 as one of the Leading 100 Global Australians.
Professor Kathleen Bailey was President of the international TESOL organization in 1998 and served as a member of the worldwide USIA English Teaching Advisory Panel from 1992-95. She was a member of the editorial board of TESOL Quarterly and Prospect, the Australian journal of applied linguistics. A renowned linguist and author for such publishers as Cambridge University Press, her articles have appeared in TESOL Quarterly, TESOL Newsletter, Language Learning, and various anthologies. Dr. Bailey was the recipient of the 1985 and 2007 Allen Griffin Award for Outstanding Higher Education Teacher of the Monterey Peninsula and the 2007 Alatis Award, the most prestigious Award offered by TESOL.
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