Center for Applied Linguistics

Special Issue April 2017


Dr. Joel Gómez Selected as President
of the Center for Applied Linguistics

The Board of Trustees of the Center for Applied Linguistics is pleased to announce the selection of Dr. Joel Gómez as the next President of the Center for Applied Linguistics. Dr. Gómez succeeds Dr. Terrence G. Wiley who is stepping down on May 1, 2017 after over six years of service as the president of CAL.

With the selection of Gómez as its new president, CAL has completed an extensive search for the organization's new leader. "From the earliest contact with Dr Gómez, the members of the search committee could clearly see how his experience, interests, and accomplishments were a strong match for CAL's mission and work," said Dr. Eugene García, chair of the Presidential Search Committee. "Dr. Gómez is an experienced and seasoned leader. He is an excellent fit for CAL in terms of his diverse experience, background, and managerial expertise and we are enthusiastic about his selection as CAL's President."

Dr. JoAnn (Jodi) Crandall, chair of CAL's Board of Trustees, states, "We are pleased to have selected a candidate with such an outstanding background and wide range of expertise. Dr. Gómez brings a proven track record of managing that will equip him well to meet CAL's current and future needs." Added Crandall, "The Board of Trustees believes that Dr. Gómez will be an exemplary leader to guide CAL into the next successful stage of its history."

Gómez praised the long tradition of quality work produced by the Center for Applied Linguistics for almost sixty years. "I am delighted and honored to have been elected by the Board of Trustees as CAL's President. I very much appreciate the encouragement and support that I have received from CAL's Board, current President, and staff as well as from many colleagues in the field." Added Gómez, "My vision as President includes focusing on enhancing language education globally and on furthering language and education equity and excellence among vulnerable communities."

Outgoing President Dr. Terrence G. Wiley states, "I was very pleased to learn of the selection of Dr. Joel Gómez as CAL's next President and I look forward to working closely with him during the transition." Continues Wiley, "I know that CAL will be enriched by his leadership and vision and our staff and partners will greatly benefit from Joel's commitment to CAL's mission."

"On behalf of the Board of Trustees and staff at the Center for Applied Linguistics, we extend our sincere thanks to Dr. Wiley for his leadership, guidance, and many contributions to CAL," said CAL Board Chair, Dr. JoAnn Crandall.

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About Dr. Joel Gómez

Prior to joining CAL, Dr. Gómez held a joint appointment as a faculty member and Chair of the Department of Education Leadership at The George Washington University (GW), where he also served as Associate Dean for Research for the School of Education. His areas of expertise include bilingual and bicultural education, higher education, national online information centers, and federal funding of education research and development. He has also worked at the international level as an evaluator and technical assistance provider in countries such as India, Pakistan, Macedonia, Dominican Republic, among others. With a proven management style that empowers and motivates, Gómez brings a wide range of experience to CAL from his work in higher education, the private, for-profit sector, and public education.

Read the bio for Dr. Gómez.


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