Jun Liu, Vice Provost for Global Affairs and Dean of International Academic Programs and Services at Stony Brook University, is the 2016 recipient of the James E. Alatis Award for Service to TESOL. The award, given by TESOL International Association, honors outstanding and extended service by TESOL members at international, regional and local levels. Liu will be honored for the award at the James E. Alatis Plenary during the 2016 TESOL International Convention & English Language Expo in Baltimore, MD, in April.
In 2006, Liu became the first Asian and nonnative-English-speaking president of TESOL International Association. He has served TESOL in numerous capacities for more than two decades.
“Jun’s vision of what TESOL can be is based on inclusiveness and the value of diversity,” said former TESOL Board Member Mary Romney. “It was Jun’s work that galvanized the nonnative English speakers’ community in the TESOL association and originally drew attention to their issues.”
In addition to his longstanding service to TESOL, Liu has distinguished himself, nationally and globally, as a trailblazer in the field of international education and as a notable professor of linguistics. He came to Stony Brook in January 2016 from Georgia State University, where he served as Associate Provost for International Initiatives, Chief International Officer and Director of the Confucius Institute.
As a leading scholar and researcher, Liu has published more than 10 books and 80 papers in the area of intercultural communication, communicative competence and language education. He is on the Board of Trustees of The International Research Foundation of English Language Education and the Board of the Association of International Education Administrators. He is also known in the field of teaching Chinese to speakers of other languages and has served since 2009 as vice president of the International Society of Chinese Language Teaching. A dynamic and motivating speaker, Liu has given more than 100 plenary and invited speeches since 2000 in more than 30 countries.
The James E. Alatis Award for Service to TESOL originated in 1987 to honor James E. Alatis for his 21 years of devoted service as TESOL’s first executive director. TESOL International Association is a professional community of educators, researchers, administrators and students committed to advancing excellence in English language teaching for speakers of other languages worldwide.