Alatis Prize

Background
James Alatis

Dr. James Alatis

TIRF – The International Research Foundation for English Language Education – established the TIRF James E. Alatis Prize for Research in Language Policy and Planning in Educational Contexts in 2015 to honor the contributions TIRF Trustee Emeritus James E. Alatis made to the field as an outstanding educator and leader.

A prize of $500 will be awarded for an article or chapter published in English and dealing with some aspect of language policy or planning in educational contexts. Submissions may be articles published in scholarly peer-reviewed journals or peer-reviewed chapters in edited books.

2023 Competition

2023 Alatis Prize Competition

For the 2023 Prize, we invite nominations of outstanding articles or chapters from peer-reviewed, edited books that were published during calendar years of 2021 or 2022. Advanced publications and/or online publications that were first released in 2020 but later published in print in 2021 may also be nominated.

TIRF will only consider publications nominated by someone other than the author(s) of the published work. Individuals may only nominate one article/chapter per competition year. An author may have only one article/chapter under review per competition year.

In addition, please note the following exclusions:

  • Current TIRF Trustees are ineligible to be nominated for the Alatis Prize, nor are they allowed to nominate papers for the Alatis Prize.
  • Papers that have appeared in a volume or journal issue edited or co-edited by a current TIRF Trustee, or papers that have been published in a series in which a current TIRF Trustee is a series editor, are ineligible.
  • Papers that have appeared in TIRF publications, for example, chapters in the TIRF-Routledge “Global Research on Teaching and Learning English” series, may not be nominated.
  • Individual chapters in authored books are ineligible.

 

Submissions will be reviewed based upon the quality of the work and its potential impact on the field of language policy and planning in educational contexts. The research may be country- and language-specific or country- and language-general. Reviewers will consider the degree of sophistication and/or innovation of the methodology used as well as the paper’s implications for policy formation and/or change. Each study will be assessed for the salience of the research question(s) asked, the appropriateness and rigor of the research methods used, and the significance of the paper’s contribution to knowledge within the field of language policy or planning in educational contexts. Studies using any appropriate analyses – quantitative, statistical procedures for data gathering and data analyses, qualitative/descriptive research approaches, or mixed approaches – will be considered.

Nominations should be submitted no later than October 3, 2022 via our Application Submission area.

Important Dates

Important Dates

  • April 29, 2022: Call for nominations is released
  • October 3, 2022: Nomination deadline
  • December 16, 2022: Awardee notified
  • TBD: Awardee recognized during 2023 TESOL Convention in Portland, Oregon, USA
Nomination Procedures

Nomination Procedures

  • Nominators must include a cover page as a PDF document that provides:
    • Nominator’s name, title, affiliation, and email address
    • Name(s) and title(s) of the author(s), affiliation(s), and email address(es)
    • A one- to two-paragraph statement regarding why the article/chapter deserves to receive the Alatis Prize (maximum 200 words)
    • Complete APA citation of the article/chapter
  • Submit a PDF of the complete published article/chapter
  • All files uploaded to TIRF’s website must be submitted as PDFs.
  • Nominations should be submitted electronically via TIRF’s website . If possible, please submit only one file.
  • Acknowledgement of the receipt of a nomination will be sent to the email address of the nominator within five businesses days after the file is uploaded.
  • Late submissions will not be accepted.
  • In the case of co-authored papers, the $500 prize will be sent to the lead author with the expectation of the monies being shared with the co-author(s), or it will be divided by TIRF and sent to the co-authors.
  • The deadline for nominations is 11:59pm Pacific Time on October 3, 2022.
  • Write to info@tirfonline.org with any questions.
Constraints

Possible Constraints on Awards

Please note that the ability for TIRF to make payments for a grant, prize, or other purpose may be restricted. Although TIRF is an independent foundation, it remains subject to the laws governing the United States of America (where TIRF is registered), including governmental sanctions that are in force and may limit doing business with individuals or organizations in/from certain countries.

Support the Alatis Prize

Support TIRF’s Alatis Prize

We are seeking financial support to help sponsor TIRF’s Alatis Prize for many generations to come. If your life has been impacted by Jim’s career, we encourage you to consider making a donation in his honor at the following link: https://donate.keela.co/tirf/tirf-donate-page.

Past Recipients
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2019

Affiliation

University of Pennsylvania (Dr. Flores) & University of Colorado Denver (Dr. Chaparro)

Publication Title

What Counts as Language Education Policy? Developing a Materialist Anti-Racist Approach to Language Activism
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2018

Affiliation

Lehigh University

Publication Title

“That’s Where the Rubber Meets the Road": The Intersection of Special Education and Bilingual Education
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2017

Affiliation

University of Texas at El Paso

Publication Title

Producing Change and Stability: A Scalar Analysis of Paraguayan Bilingual Education Policy Implementation
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2016

Affiliation

Columbia University’s Teachers College

Publication Title

De Facto Language Education Policy through Teachers’ Attitudes and Practices: A Critical Ethnographic Study in Three Jamaican Schools
ChrisChang-Bacon
2022

Affiliation

University of Virginia

Publication Title

Generation Interrupted: Rethinking ‘Students with Interrupted Formal Education’ (SIFE) in the Wake of a Pandemic
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2021

Affiliation

Rowan University

Publication Title

Reconceptualizing ‘Home’ and ‘School’ Language: Taking a Critical Translingual Approach in the ‘English’ Classroom
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2020

Affiliation

Teachers College, Columbia University

Publication Title

Kichwa or Quichua? Competing Alphabets, Political Histories, and Complicated Reading in Indigenous Languages
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