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Joel Boyd is president-elect of state ESL organization

by Jeanne Baron

Oct. 17, 2011 | WMU News

Photo of WMU's Joel Boyd.
KALAMAZOO--Western Michigan University's Joel Boyd Jr., a master faculty specialist in the Center for English Language and Culture for International Students, is serving as president-elect of the Michigan Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages.

Boyd has been a WMU staff member for 16 years and previously served a stint as interim director of CELCIS.

He was elected to the MITESOL post in fall 2010 and is serving as chair of the organization's annual two-day conference, which this year was held Oct. 7-8 at WMU.

MITESOL's main mission is to provide leadership and support for professionals involved in teaching English to speakers of other languages. It is one of more than 90 affiliates of Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages, TESOL, an international association of English teaching professionals.

After the conference, Boyd will serve one year as president of the organization. He has been a MITESOL member for 20 years and served on its board as leader of its special interest group for intensive English programs for the last four years.