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2018 ILTA Election Slate
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ILTA 2017 Election Slate

 

Treasurer (vote for 1 from 2)

Jayanti Banerjee leads the language test research and development team at Paragon Testing Enterprises. She oversees the work of this group, including test design, item banking and scoring, and quality assurance and validation. Jay has been actively involved in the language testing community for more than 15 years. With colleagues, Jay has offered pre-conference workshops at LTRC and EALTA, providing her services gratis as a contribution to the field. She was EALTA’s first secretary/treasurer and is currently on EALTA’s membership committee. She has been the ILTA treasurer for three years (2015 – 2017) and has learned a great deal from the experience. She would appreciate the opportunity to continue her work on the Board.

 

Erik Voss is an Associate Teaching Professor in NU Global at Northeastern University in Boston. He holds a doctorate in Applied Linguistics and Technology from Iowa State University where he worked as assessment coordinator for the Intensive English and Orientation Program. His research interests include language testing and technology, and validation research. Dr. Voss publishes and presents on topics in language assessment and has reviewed abstracts for language testing conferences and manuscripts for language testing journals.

 

Dr. Voss has previous experience working with organizations and conferences having held the office of secretary for the Midwest Association of Language Testers (MwALT) and co-organizer for the Second Language Research Forum (SLRF) held at Iowa State University in 2011. Dr. Voss is currently an active member of the International Language Testing Association (ILTA) and has served as webmaster, member of the Nominating Committee, and member of the Robert Lado Memorial Award Committee.

 

Member at Large (vote for 2 from 4)

Atta Gebril is an associate professor in the Department of Applied Linguistics and also serves as chair of the Institutional Review Board (IRB) at the American University in Cairo. He obtained his PhD in Foreign Language and ESL Education with a minor in language testing from the University of Iowa (USA). He previously worked for American College Testing (ACT, Inc.) where he was part of the Workkeys assessment team. In addition, he has been working as an assessment and evaluation consultant and has participated in a number of test development projects in many parts of the world. His research interests include writing assessment, reading-writing connections, assessment literacy, and test validation. He serves on the editorial boards of Journal of Language Testing, Language Assessment Quarterly, and Assessing Writing. His book entitled Assessment Myths, co-authored with Lia Plakans, was published by the University of Michigan Press in 2015. 

 

Yan Jin is a professor of Linguistics and Applied Linguistics at the School of Foreign Languages, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China. She has been involved in the research and practice of language testing and assessment since the late 1980s and has rich experience in the operation of language assessment programs. Her research interest focuses on the development and validation of large-scale and high-stakes language assessments. She is currently Vice President of the Asian Association for Language Assessment (www.aalawebsite.com). She has been Chair of the National College English Testing Committee (NCETC) of China since 2004 (www.cet.edu.cn). She is also co-editor-in-chief of the Springer open-access journal Language Testing in Asia (www.languagetestingasia.springeropen.com). She is on the editorial boards of international and Chinese journals such as Language Testing, Classroom Discourse, Foreign Language Testing and Teaching, Foreign Languages in China, Foreign Language World, Foreign Language Education in China, Contemporary Foreign Languages Studies.

Benjamin Kremmel researches and teaches language learning, teaching, and assessment at the University of Innsbruck, Austria, where he is part of the Language Testing Research Group Innsbruck (LTRGI). He holds an MA in ELT from the University of Innsbruck, and an MA in Language Testing from Lancaster University, UK. He is currently completing his PhD studies at the University of Nottingham, UK. His research interests are the assessment of L2 lexical knowledge and L2 reading skills, as well as language assessment literacy. He has presented at numerous international conferences and his research has been published in Language TestingLanguage Assessment QuarterlyApplied LinguisticsPapers in Language Testing and Assessment and TESOL Quarterly. Benjamin is the winner of the 2013 Caroline Clapham IELTS Masters Award and is the recipient of the 2015 Robert Lado Memorial Award. He is a member of the executive committee of the UK Association of Language Testing and Assessment (UKALTA) and the Editorial Board of ITL International Journal of Applied Linguistics.

Gad Lim is Principal Research Manager at Cambridge English, where he leads research on IELTS and on the OET, and contributes to test development and language education reform projects worldwide. Before joining Cambridge English, he worked for the University of Michigan English Language Institute’s Testing Division, now CaMLA, where he conducted test-related research and managed the development of speaking tests. Gad reviews for all major language testing journals and has presented and published on language teaching, English for Academic Purposes, performance assessment, raters and rating scales, test validation, standard setting, and the CEFR. He has served ILTA as a proposal reviewer and a pre-conference workshop presenter at LTRC, on the Nominating Committee, the Robert Lado Award Committee, and also as conference photographer at the LTRC in Bogota. His PhD is from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. 

 Nominating Committee (vote for 3 from 5)

Bart Deygers is a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Leuven (KU Leuven, Belgium). He is currently conducting a longitudinal research project focused on the impact of language tests as part of a migration policy on low-educated, low-literate L2 users.  Before starting an academic career, Bart worked as a language policy officer, as a test developer and as a language teacher. He has recently finished a longitudinal mixed-methods study to empirically examine the assumptions behind university admission language requirements. A strong believer in the positive impact that language testing organisations can have on the field and on real-world practice, Bart is also an active member of ALTE and EALTA. His primary research interests include justice, validity, the CEFR, university entrance language testing, and assessing low-literate learners. His most recent articles have been published in Language TestingLanguage Assessment Quarterly, Assessing Writing, and ITL, International Journal of Applied Linguistics.

Noriko Iwashita is a senior lecturer (Associate Professor) in Applied Linguistics at The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia. Prior to joining UQ, she was a Research Fellow at the Language Testing Research Center (LTRC) University of Melbourne. Recently she has been involved in a few validation projects for speaking assessments funded by IELTS and the British Council. She is also a part of a large-scale project on benchmarking the eight foreign languages courses offered at UQ against the CEFR. Currently she is editing a special volume on Revisiting the Speaking Construct for Language Testing with India Plough (Michigan State University) and Jayanti Banerjee (Paragon Testing Enterprises). She is Co-president of the Association for Language Testing and Assessment of Australia and New Zealand (ALTAANZ). She works closely with language teachers across levels and institutions to promote sound assessment practice. Noriko’s research interests include the interfaces of language assessment and SLA and task-based assessment, and cross-linguistic investigation of four major language traits. Her work has appeared in Language Testing, Language Assessment Quarterly, Applied Linguistics, Language Learning and Studies in Second Language Acquisition.

 

Jason Jinsong Fan is an Associate Professor and Associate Director of the Language Testing Centre at the College of Foreign Languages and Literature, Fudan University, China. He obtained his Ph.D. from a joint program between Shanghai Jiao Tong University and the University of Warwick in 2011. His research interests include language test validation, classroom assessment, and Rasch measurement theory. Dr. Fan has chaired or co-chaired several high-profile research projects in language testing and assessment, including one funded by China’s National Planning Office of Philosophy and Social Science (NPOPSS) to develop a set of professional standards for large-scale English language testing in China. He has published over 30 articles in peer-reviewed academic journals both in China and abroad. At Fudan University, Dr. Fan and his team are in charge of developing and researching a high-stakes university-based English exit test with an annual test candidature of around 5,000.

Heike Neumann is the head instructor for English as Second Language and a test content developer for the Concordia Comprehensive English Placement Test in the Department of Education at Concordia University in Montreal, Canada. She has served the language assessment community as an executive board member of the Canadian Association for Language Assessment from 2013-2015, as a member of the organizing committee for LTRC 2015 in Toronto, Canada, and as an LTRC co-chair for LTRC 2017 in Bogota, Colombia.

Ikkyu Choi is a Research Scientist in the Research and Development division at Educational Testing Service. Ikkyu received his PhD in Applied Linguistics from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2013, with a specialty in language assessment. His research interests include second language development profiles, test taking processes, constructed response scoring, and quantitative research methods for language assessment data. He served as a member of the editorial board for the journal Issues in Applied Linguistics, the 2010 and 2011 conference organizing committees for the Southern California Association for Language Assessment Research, and the selection committee for the Robert Lado Memorial Award. He is currently on the advisory board for the NCME Instructional Topics in Educational Measurement series.

 

 

 

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