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ILTA 2020 Officer Elections Results

Wednesday, November 27, 2019   (0 Comments)
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Dear ILTA members,

Thank you for participating in the 2020 ILTA officer elections. I’m very happy to announce the results:

Secretary: Eunice Eunhee Jang

Members-at-large: Erik Voss and Jason Fan

ILTA Nominating Committee members: Rie Koizumi, Elvis Wagner, and Sun-Young Shin

In addition, Ruslan Suvorov (a member of the 2020 ILTA Nominating Committee) has been elected to be chair of the 2021 Nominating Committee.

Please join us in congratulating the newly-elected officers (their bios are provided below), who will officially start on January 1st, 2020. We would like to extend our thanks to all the candidates for their willingness to stand for the positions and provide service to the language testing community. Sincere thanks also go to the 2020 Nominating Committee (Ikkyu Choi, chair, Kellie Frost, Yo In’nami and Ruslan Suvorov) for their hard work in putting together a great slate.

ILTA Secretary

Ute Knoch

 

Eunice Eunhee Jang is Professor at the Department of Applied Psychology and Human Development in Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto. With specializations in diagnostic language assessment, technology-rich learning and assessment, mixed methods research, and program evaluation, Dr. Jang has led high-impact provincial, national, and international research with various stakeholders. She is the author of the book, Focus on Assessment (Oxford University Press, 2014), which provides evidence-based assessment guidelines for K-12 language teachers. She is the recipient of the annual award for the most outstanding article of the year for their paper published in the Journal of Language Learning in 2013, Jacqueline Ross TOEFL Dissertation Award from Educational Testing Service, Caroline Clapham IELTS Masters Award from the University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate, and Tatsuoka Measurement Award from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. Dr. Jang served on the TOEFL Committee of Examiners as well as a member-at-large for ILTA, the ILTA nomination committee, and the Robert Lado best student paper award committee. She also served on the organizing committee for the Language Testing Research Colloquium in 2014 in Seoul, South Korea.

 

Jason Fan is Deputy Director and Senior Research Fellow at the Language Testing Research Centre (LTRC), University of Melbourne, Australia. Before moving to Australia in August 2018, he was an Associate Professor at College of Foreign Languages and Literature, Fudan University, China. His research interests include the validation of language assessments and research methods. He is the author of Development and Validation of Standards in Language Testing (Fudan University Press, 2018) and the co-author (with Tim McNamara and Ute Knoch) of Fairness, Justice and Language Assessment (Oxford University Press, 2019). He is the current Chair of the Nominating Committee of Asian Association of Language Assessment (AALA), a member of the ILTA Communications Committee, and served as the conference chair of the Pacific-Rim Objective Measurement Symposium (PROMS) in 2018.

 

Erik Voss is a Lecturer in TESOL and Applied Linguistics at Teachers College, Columbia University in New York City. His research interests include applications of natural language processing in applied linguistics, language assessment and technology, and language assessment validation research. Erik has been invited to speak and conduct workshops on language assessment and technology in China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Egypt, and Macau. He has served as secretary of the Midwest Association of Language Testers (MwALT) and has reviewed submissions for language assessment conferences and manuscripts for language assessment journals. Dr. Voss is an active member of the International Language Testing Association (ILTA) where he has served as webmaster and participated in committees including: LTRC conference planning, ILTA nominating committee, and the Robert Lado best student paper award committee. He is currently coordinating social media for ILTA as part of the communications sub-committee.

 

Rie Koizumi is an Associate Professor of English in the School of Medicine at Juntendo University, Japan. She is a Secretary General of the Japan Language Testing Association (JLTA). She served as a member of the Selection Committee of the International Language Testing Association’s (ILTA) Best Article Awards in 2012 and 2013. She will be one of four co-organizers for the Language Testing Research Colloquium in 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. She received a Ph.D. in Linguistics from the University of Tsukuba in Japan. She has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in second language assessment and methodology, Rasch measurement, and statistical analyses. Her research interests include test development and validation. She has published her work in Language Testing, Language Assessment Quarterly, System, Assessment in Education: Principles, Policy & Practice, Language Testing in Asia, and other journals.

 

Sun-Young Shin is Associate Professor in the Department of Second Language Studies at Indiana University. His research interests include authenticity in L2 listening assessment, standard setting, and rater behaviors in integrated language assessment and paired speaking tests. His work has been published in a number of journals and book chapters. He has been invited for lectures and workshops on L2 assessment in various places throughout the world including Macau, Mexico, South Korea, Thailand, and U.S. He is also the recipient of the ETS TOEFL COE Research grant to investigate the effects of various English varieties on listening comprehension. Most recently, he chaired Midwest Association of Language Testers (MwALT) conference in 2019 at Indiana University, Bloomington.

 

Elvis Wagner is Associate Professor of TESOL at Temple University, where he coordinates the TESOL Master’s program, the PhD in Applied Linguistics program, and the World Languages Education program. Elvis’s research focuses primarily on second language assessment, especially the assessment of second language listening ability. He has written and published widely on issues related to foreign and second language teaching methodology, as well as the teaching and testing of second language listening and oral communicative competence. His primary research focus examines how L2 listeners process and comprehend unscripted, spontaneous spoken language, and how this type of language differs from the scripted spoken texts learners often encounter in the L2 classroom. Elvis has previously served as the Chair of the Nominating Committee for ILTA, and was also a Member At Large on the Executive Board. He is currently an Associate Editor of Language Assessment Quarterly, and is an editorial board member for Language Testing. He is the co-author (with Gary Ockey) of Assessing L2 Listening: Moving Towards Authenticity.


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