Program Directors


Co-Sponsored by TIRF and Stony Brook University

The purpose of this service offering from TIRF and Stony Brook University is to help both in-service and prospective English language program directors in both ESL and EFL settings to improve their administrative, managerial, and professional skills to be competent and effective in supervising and operating viable and dynamic programs. Participants will explore innovative and methodological approaches useful for program directors.

The 2018 Professional Development for Program Directors opportunity will be held at Stony Brook University in Long Island, New York, USA. The dates of this year’s program are July 9 – 20, 2018.

Further information about this year’s program for directors can be found below. Alternatively, this information can be downloaded as a PDF by clicking here.

Participants: Professional Development for Program Directors is designed for individuals who aspire to become program directors as well as for current administrators who desire to improve both their knowledge about and skills in managing a program which concerns language education. Participants will explore how to manage financial resources, student complaints, and overwhelming workloads. Individuals wishing to further their understanding about effective strategic planning, curriculum development, and annual performance reviews will benefit from this ten-day program. Future and current program directors will learn how to deploy useful teaching evaluation strategies, provide effective supervisory feedback, and much more.

Program Cost: US $6,000

  • There is a 10% Early Bird Discount if registered by April 20th; the final deadline to register is May 21st.
  • A non-refundable US $500 deposit is required within two weeks of submission of the registration form in order to guarantee a participant’s spot in the Program.
  • Full payment must be received by May 31st in order to participate in the program.
  • The program cost includes the program fee, on-campus lodging, and partial meals. The cost of transportation to and from Stony Brook University must be covered by each participant.
  • If sufficient enrollment is not reached, the Program is subject to cancellation.

Registration: A link to the registration form will be added to this page soon.

Facilitators: Instructors of this program will include internationally recognized TIRF Trustees and accomplished Stony Brook University professors. Biographical information for TIRF Trustees follows:

Dr. David Nunan is Professor Emeritus of Applied Linguistics at the University of Hong Kong and former President of Anaheim University He has worked as a teacher, teacher educator, researcher, and consultant in Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Dubai, England, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Oman, Peru, Thailand, Singapore, and the United States. He has published over 100 books and articles on curriculum development, research methods, teacher education, and technology in education. Dr. Nunan served as TESOL President from 1999 to 2000. His awards include a 2002 citation by the U.S. Congress for services to English language education, and the 2003 Heinle TESOL Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2005, he was named one of the 50 most influential Australians internationally. In 2008, Anaheim University created the David Nunan Institute for Language Education to further language education and research around the world.

Dr. Kathleen M. Bailey is Chair of the TIRF Board of Trustees and President of the Foundation. She is a professor of applied linguistics at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey (MIIS). She received her M.A. in TESOL and her Ph.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles. She has worked as the Coordinator of the ESL program at UCLA and also the Director of the Intensive English Program at MIIS. Dr. Bailey has worked with language teachers in Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Czechoslovakia, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Poland, Singapore, Spain, Thailand, Trinidad, the United States, and Uruguay. From 1998 to 1999, she was the President of TESOL. From 2016 to 2017, she was the President of AAAL – the American Association for Applied Linguistics. She is the recipient of the James E. Alatis Award for Service to TESOL and has twice won the Allen Grifn Award for Outstanding Teaching in the Monterey Peninsula area.

Dr. Jun Liu is the Vice President of TIRF and is Vice Provost for Global Affairs, Dean of International Academic Programs and Services, and Professor of Linguistics at Stony Brook University. His previous positions include Associate Provost for International Initiatives and Professor of Applied Linguistics at Georgia State University; Professor and Head of the Department of English; and Founding Director of Confucius Institute at the University of Arizona. His research interests include intercultural communication, curriculum and standards development, teacher education, and second language writing. He has published extensively in language education and is co-editor of “Michigan Series on Teaching Multilingual Writers.” As a Past President of TESOL (2006-2007) and the current Vice President of TCSOL (Teachers of Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages), Dr. Liu has given more than 100 speeches in over 30 countries around the world. He has received numerous awards. Among them are the James E. Alatis Award for Service to TESOL (2016) and the Georgia Governor’s Award for Outstanding International Programs of the Year (2015).

For more information, please write to Ryan Damerow, TIRF Chief Operating Officer, at