On December 5, 2013 the TESOL International Association announced the appointment of Anaheim University Graduate School of Education TESOL Professor Dr. Andy Curtis as President-Elect for the 2014-2015 year. Dr. Curtis's term as President will begin at the conclusion of the TESOL International Convention & English Language Expo in March 2014. To date, four other professors amongst Anaheim University's esteemed TESOL faculty have served as President of the TESOL International Association, which is the world's largest language teaching association: Dr. David Nunan, Dr. Kathleen Bailey, Dr. Denise Murray, & Dr. MaryAnn Christison.

An expert in the field of Intercultural Communications, Dr. Andy Curtis has worked with teachers and learners in Europe, Asia and the Middle East, North, South and Central America, and he has published articles in journals such as TESOL Quarterly, TESL-EJ and System, as well as several books and books chapters. Anaheim University TESOL Professor Andy Curtis began his professional life as a Medical Science Officer in Clinical Biochemistry, working at hospitals in England, but after gaining his first qualification in TESOL, in 1989, he decided to leave medical science and pursue his real passions – languages, teaching and learning. After some initial teacher training, he went on to complete a teaching degree (BEd.) at Sunderland University in England, then a Master’s degree in Applied Linguistics with English Language Teaching, and a PhD in International Education at the University of York in England. From 2007 to 2011, Andy Curtis was the Director of the English Language Teaching Unit at the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) and an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Education at CUHK. Prior to these appointments, from 2002 to 2006, he was first the Director and then the Executive Director of the School of English at Queen’s University in Canada, and from 2001 to 2002, he was a Visiting Professor in the Department of Language Teacher Education at the School for International Training, Vermont, USA.