We are pleased to announce that Dr. Joyce Kling has been elected to TIRF’s Board of Trustees. The election was held late last year and fellow Trustees unanimously elected Dr. Kling to serve as a member of the Board.

Joyce Kling, PhD, is an Associate Professor at the Department of English, Germanic, and Romance Studies at the University of Copenhagen in Denmark. Her research focuses on the multilingual, multicultural classroom, with particular emphasis on foreign language use in English medium instruction (EMI) contexts. She has investigated non-native English speaking (NNS) lecturers’ professional identity in a Danish EMI setting from a teacher cognition paradigm.

Since 2009, Dr. Kling has been active in the development and implementation of TOEPAS, the Test of Oral English Proficiency for Academic Staff. She draws on the TOEPAS in relation to her research and professional development training for NNS lecturers. She has published several articles and chapters on EMI and language assessment and is the co-author of the new volume, English Medium Instruction in Multilingual and Mutlicultural Universities (Henriksen, Holmen, & Kling, 2018). Dr. Kling has been an active member of TESOL Association for the past 30 years and served on the TESOL Board of Directors from 2006-2009. She currently serves on the Board of the ICLHE Association (Integrating Content and Language in Higher Education).

Dr. Kling has a long history with TIRF. As a doctoral student at the University of Copenhagen, she successfully competed for a TIRF Doctoral Dissertation Grant (DDG). (Interested individuals can find information about her study on TIRF’s website.) She also published a chapter in Teacher Education and Professional Development in TESOL, produced by TIRF and Routledge. And just last year, Dr. Kling authored the first paper in TIRF’s new Language Education in Review series; the topic was on English as a medium of instruction.

Responding to TIRF’s query about joining the Foundation’s Board of Trustees, Dr. Kling had the following comment: “Over the course of my career, I have looked to TIRF for current and topical information in the field of English language education. In 2012, I even personally benefited from the Foundations’ Doctoral Dissertation Grant program. At the time, I truly appreciated the financial support awarded by the grant – but more importantly for me, I was grateful to be a part of what has become the TIRF network.” She added, “This network continues to afford opportunities in the field for publication, funding, and guidance. I am honored to have been elected to TIRF’s Board of Trustees and look forward to working with the Foundation as it moves forward with all its initiatives.”

Please join us in welcoming Dr. Kling to TIRF’s Board of Trustees!