Research Council

Research Professional Council


The Research Professional Council (hereafter RPC) informs, supports and guides research initiatives and priorities of the İngiliz Dili Öğretimi ve Mesleki Gelişim Derneği (hereafter TESOL).

Responsibilities and Duties

The Research Professional Council shall,

  • Identify priorities in ELT research for TESOL for strategic support and development,
  • Find ways to communicate TESOL identified research findings to different stakeholders, for example classroom teachers, administrators, policy makers, and researchers,
  • Promote productive, inclusive, and generative dialogues between practitioners and researchers,
  • Support identified priority research areas through various activities, including but not limited to mini-grants and collaborations with other Professional Councils,
  • Build members’ expertise in different types of scholarship and mentor novice scholars into the profession.

Duties of the RPC Board Liasion (RPCL)

  • Delegate tasks to the members of the RPC
  • Monitor activities and tasks while working with RPC members towards the benchmarks, of all running research projects,
  • Conduct periodical needs assessment both within TESOL membership and the ELT context on national/international level,
  • Advise the Board of Directors about research findings, and possible areas of focus,
  • Collaborate with national and international affiliates on common research projects/studies,
  • Collaborate with the other board liaisons in achieving common goals of TESOL,
  • Prepare regular reports for the Board of Directors on the running research work,
  • Prepare reports for the wider TESOL membership about research findings,

Terms of Service

The RPC shall consist of 8 to 12 members and board liaison.

Members are appointed by the TESOL Board of Directors through an application process. The application should solicit information regarding education and professional training, relevant experience, and potential contributions to the Professional Council with reference to the Professional Council’s goals and objectives.

Once appointed, Professional Council members make a one-year commitment to serve, renewable twice annually for up to three years of service. The RPC shall ensure adequate membership, including experienced researchers and novice researchers, to carry out its duties and responsibilities as specified above.

Membership Criteria

The RPC membership should be representative of the diversity of researchers and research interests within the broader TESOL membership. To this end, relevant application criteria include: level of education, English language research experience (including methodologies, topics and length of time in the field), geographical representation, research contexts, and willingness of the applicants to contribute to meeting RPC goals and objectives. Potential members of the RPC should be members of TESOL in good standing.

The RPC should aim for a mix of experienced and novice researchers who use a range of language teaching/learning research methodologies, and who have varying areas of investigation that include but are not limited to English language instruction and language acquisition theories, teacher education, professional identity, applied linguistics, second language acquisition and multilingualism.