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TIRF DDG recipients

Recipients and Findings

The Language Testing Research Colloquium (LTRC) was held online this year from June 14 to 17, and as has been the custom for several years, TIRF was represented there. At the awards ceremony, plaques were given to seven TIRF Doctoral Dissertation Grant (DDG) recipients – five 2019 TIRF DDG recipients and two 2020 awardees. (Since last year’s LTRC event was cancelled due to the pandemic, recognizing the 2019 grantees was not possible.)

Chair’s Report, By Jun Liu – Transitioning to the Future

TIRF has undergone a new leadership transition this month. We have recently celebrated the legacy of Kathi Bailey, TIRF’s outgoing President, and welcomed me, the TIRF’s incoming President, along with Suzanne Panferov Reese, TIRF’s incoming Vice President. Over the last 13 years, Kathi has led TIRF through tides of change.

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Support Scholarship, Support TIRF

Earlier this year, the Foundation began offering organizations an opportunity to support both the field of language education and TIRF in a simple and affordable way. In short, TIRF invites organizations to sponsor its reference lists – an activity that also helps to promote their visibility via the Foundation’s channels.

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TIRF Trustees Recognized for Contributions to the Foundation

At the Foundation’s fall Board meeting, two Trustees were honored for their long service to TIRF. Mrs. Ana Sylvia Ramirez Toriello is the CEO at El Instituto Guatemalteco Americano (IGA), Guatemala’s Bi-National Center. Dr. Joe Lo Bianco recently retired from his post as Professor of Language and Literacy Education at

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TIRF’s Fall Board Meeting; Leadership Change

The Foundation’s Board of Trustees gathered virtually earlier this month, in order to convene their fall meeting. In this piece, we provide updates from the meeting, including information about TIRF’s leadership transition, which was formally announced earlier this year. TIRF Treasurer Donna Christian led the first portion of the meeting.

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Announcing TIRF’s 2022 DDG Awardees

This year marks the 21st consecutive year TIRF has offered its Doctoral Dissertation Grants (DDGs) to doctoral candidates around the world. With the support of our partners – Cambridge University Press & Assessment, the British Council, and Educational Testing Service, Inc. – along with many individual donors – TIRF has recently completed

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