Dr. Laura Baecher is currently the Leadership Fellow in the City University of New York (CUNY) Office of Undergraduate Studies, Academic Programs & Policy in the role of Assistant Dean for Academic Technology & Pedagogy where she supports initiatives across CUNY’s 25 campuses related to faculty development and recognition. She is Professor at the Hunter College School of Education, CUNY and Senior Faculty Fellow in the Academic Center for Excellence in Research and Teaching. Her interests relate to teacher/faculty learning, observation and coaching, and the design of professional development. Recent books include Study Abroad in Teacher Education: Transformative Learning for Pre- and In-Service Teachers and Global Perspectives on the Practicum in TESOL. She is the Professional Development Blog author for TESOL, has served as TESOL’s Teacher Education Interest Section Chair and the TESOL Affiliate Network Professional Council, as an English Language Specialist for the US Department of State, and as President of the New York State TESOL affiliate. The winner of multiple awards for teaching and service, she is committed to advancing the professional knowledge base of educators in ways that build community, inspire growth and support reflection.
Emeritus Professor Denise E Murray is an applied linguist, who has been a language educator and administrator for more than five decades. She was founding Chair of the Department of Linguistics and Language Development at San José State University, California for seven years and Director of the National Center for English Language Teaching and Research at Macquarie University, Australia for six years. She has published more than 100 journal articles and book chapters, as well as authoring and editing academic volumes. She is the co-author with MaryAnn Christison of the volumes What English Language Teachers Need to Know Volumes I, II, and III. She served on the Board of Directors of TESOL International and was President in 1996-7. She is a recipient of TESOL’s Alatis Award for distinguished service to the profession and the 50@50 Award, for outstanding contributions in teaching and research.