Yasemin BAYYURT is a professor of Applied Linguistics at Boğaziçi University, Istanbul, Turkey. She holds a PhD degree in English Linguistics from Lancaster University, England. Her current research focuses on ELF-awareness in English language teaching and learning in multilingual and multicultural contexts; implementation of a CLIL approach in primary and secondary school EFL classrooms; EMI in higher education contexts; implementation of a mobile/blended instructional design in higher education programs. Her publications include articles in various indexed/refereed journals (World Englishes, Journal of English for Academic Purposes, Language Culture and Curriculum); edited books and book chapters published by national/international publishers - e.g., co-edited volume entitled “Current Perspectives on Pedagogy for English as a Lingua Franca” (2015), published by De Gruyter. Currently, she is in the process of authoring one of the edited volumes devoted to World Englishes Pedagogies in Bloomsbury World Englishes three volume series edited by Mario Saraceni.
Gölge SEFEROĞLU is a faculty member and the coordinator of the MA in TESOL program at California State University San Bernardino. She holds MA, EdM, and EdD degrees from Teachers College, Columbia University in the fields of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) and Applied Linguistics. Dr. Gölge Seferoğlu worked at Middle East Technical University in Turkey for 23 years and trained thousands of English teachers at the pre-service and in-service levels and supervised 44 MA and PhD thesis in TESOL. She has published in respected journals and has been cited extensively. Dr. Gölge Seferoğlu also served as the Dean of College of Education at Middle East Technical University for 4.5 years. Her research interests include social justice in ELT, technology enhanced language learning and teaching, pre- and in-service teacher education, and quality in education.
Kyria Rebeca Finardi (https://www.kyriafinardi.com/) is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Languages, Culture and Education (DLCE) and a researcher in the post-graduate program of Education (PPGE) of the Federal University of Espirito Santo (UFES), Brazil. She is a member of the Internationalization Board of UFES and created and coordinated the Language Division of the International Office of UFES between 2012-2020. Professor Finardi was the President of the Brazilian Association of Applied Linguistics (ALAB) 2018-2019, is the co-founder and co-coordinator of the Ibero-America Association of Applied Linguistics (AIALA) and the vice-president of the International Association of Applied Linguistics (AILA).
Kenan Dikilitaş currently works as a professor of university pedagogy at the University of Stavanger, Norway, where he teaches at the graduate program of education faculty and mentors university teachers for professional development. Kenan previously worked in Turkey, where he taught and supervised graduate and undergraduate students in the field of English language teaching and mentored in-service English language teachers to engage in action research. His main research focus is teacher education and professional development in higher education, which specifically emphasizes research engagement, action research, and diverse pedagogical and developmental practices. Kenan has co-authored and co-edited several books published by Springer, Wiley, and Macmillan. His recent articles concerned teacher (identity) development including bilingual and researcher identity reconstruction, which have been published in international journals.
Katie Welch, Ph.D., is a university instructor, teacher trainer, linguist, and active contributor in the TESOL field. For two decades Katie has taught and trained pre-service and in-service teachers in numerous settings, including K-12, adult, and higher education. She spent seven years teaching in the School of Education at UNT-Dallas, where she designed award-winning courses and conducted research in educational linguistics and language teacher education. Katie currently provides professional development to language educators through partnerships with the U.S. Department of State, Cambridge University Press, Ellii (formerly ESL Library) and many others. Katie's innovative classroom ideas have been published in academic journals such as Language and American Speech and she presents regularly at national and international conferences, including TESOL International and the Linguistic Society of America. Katie was named an English Language Specialist by the U.S. Department of State in 2021 and 2023. She has provided professional development to international teachers in Poland, Kuwait, and Brazil, and also trains U.S.-based international teaching assistants for university classrooms. Based in Texas, Katie serves on the Executive Board of TexTESOLV and has organized many regional and state conferences for teachers of English learners.