Caucus Leadership
Lucy Ruiz (Co-Chair: 2013 - present)


Margarita L. (Lucy) Ruiz was born in Peru and immigrated to the United States while in high school.  She earned a BS in Business Administration from American University and a Graduate Certificate in Human Resources from the University of Miami.  Lucy worked in as a Human Resources professional for over 25 years. She embarked on a second career in higher education administration while pursuing a post graduate degree at American University. She received a Master’s Degree in TESOL in December, 2013. Lucy has worked as a volunteer for the past two years in the Montgomery College Workforce Development and Continuing Education ESOL Program and at a Community church Adult English language program where her past experience as an HR professional has been valuable in teaching English to adult learners.  

Lucy can be reached at mlruiz [at] american [dot] edu.



Kumiko Akikawa (Co-Chair: 2012 - 2013)


Kumiko Akikawa
received her MA in TESOL from American University and taught both English and Japanese at the college level. Currently she teaches Japanese at University of Maryland. Before coming to the US , she earned MAs in English (Japan and UK) and completed her doctoral studies in English (Japan). She taught EFL at universities in Japan and published a few books she translated from English to Japanese. Since she came to the US, she has focused on language teaching and relative research, giving presentations at local and international conferences, such as AAAL, ATJ, TESOL, and WATESOL. Her research interests include instructional pragmatics, non-native speaker teachers, and classroom-based research. Her co-authored pragmatics-focused lesson plan appeared in Pragmatics: Teaching speech acts (2010).

Kumiko can be reached at kakikawa [at] umd [dot] edu.



Bedrettin Yazan (Co-Chair: 2012 - 2013)

Bedrettin Yazan is is an Assistant Professor in the Second Language Acquisition and Teaching program at the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa. He teaches ESL and foreign language teacher education courses. His research is focused on teaching English as an international language, English as a second language (ESL) teacher identity, practicum practices of ESL teachers, sociocultural theories in second language acquisition (SLA), intelligibility in English language teaching, and issues related to non-native English speaking teachers (NNEST). He has recently coauthored (with Dr. Ali Fuad Selvi) a book entitled Teaching English as an International Language (2013) by TESOL Press. He has been publishing his work in such venues as TESOL Quarterly, Applied Linguistics, European Journal of Teacher Education, ELT Journal, International Journal of Inclusive Education, Working Papers in Educational Linguistics and TESOL Interest Section Newsletters. He serves as the co-editor of TESOL NNEST Interest Section Newsletter. 

Bedrettin can be reached at byazan [at] bamaed [dot] ua [dot] edu.




Professor Brock Brady - Founder member


Brock Brady
is a Past-President of TESOL International Association. He also served as the Co-Director of the AU TESOL Program for twelve years, teaching courses in English language teaching methodology, assessment, teaching pronunciation, intercultural communication, online learning, and curriculum and materials design. Currently he works as a educational consultant for Peace Corps. His research interests in addition to NNEST studies include program and course design, cross-cultural discourse analysis, pronunciation teaching, classroom assessment, distance learning, and teacher training.  Brady was an early member of TESOL’s NNEST Caucus, founder of the WATESOL NNEST Caucus, and Chair Elect of TESOL’s NNEST Interest Section, 2008-2009.


Brock can be reached at bradytesolpe [at] gmail [dot] com.



Ali Fuad Selvi - (Chair: 2009 - 2011, Listserv/Website Manager: 2012-present)


Ali Fuad Selvi is an Assistant Professor of TESOL and Applied Linguistics in the Teaching English as a Foreign Language program at Middle East Technical University, Northern Cyprus Campus and the Immediate Past Chair of the NNEST Interest Section in TESOL International Association. He also served as the Chair of the WATESOL NNEST Caucus. His research interests include the sociolinguistics of English language teaching with special emphasis on the global spread of English as an international language and its implications for language learning, teaching, teacher education, and policy/planning; issues related to non-native English-speaking professionals in TESOL; and second-language teacher education (particularly teacher cognition, the notion of praxis, and the interplay between second language acquisition and second language pedagogy). He is the co-author of Teaching English as an International Language (2013) published by TESOL Press. 

Ali Fuad can be reached at selvi [at] metu [dot] edu [dot] tr.


Tiffany Shao (Past Chair)


Tiffany Shao obtained her MA in TESOL from American University in 2005. She is now an adjunct instructor teaching pre-academic ESL courses at Montgomery College. As a NNEST and a Generation 1.5er, she is interested in and has written articles on how both identities influence her pedagogy.  As a professional TESOLer, she is committed in servicing the field by having served as convention chair and NNEST Caucus chair for WATESOL, opening her classes for observations, and hosting practicum for MA in TESOL candidates. 

Tiffany can be reached at tiffany [dot] shao [at] montgomerycollege [dot] edu.


Rashi Jain (Past Chair)



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