Paul Kei Matsuda

AAAL 2008 Graduate Student Event

Dear AAAL Student Member,


On behalf of the AAAL 2008 Conference organizing committee, we would like to invite you to attend an exciting new initiative at the AAAL 2008 conference in Washington D.C., The Future of Applied Linguistics: An Evening for Graduate Students, to be held on Sunday, March 30, 2008, between 6:30 and 8:00 p.m.


The purpose of this event is to provide academic and professional mentoring activities as well as networking opportunities for graduate students attending AAAL 2008. In previous conferences, AAAL organized the Invited Breakfast for Graduate Students, an informal forum for graduate students to meet scholars in the field and discuss research areas of interest to them. This year we have expanded this forum and organized An Evening for Graduate Students, which will consist of an academic panel presentation on a specific topic followed by an open discussion among the participants. We have also moved the time of the event to the evening, which we believe will be more convenient for students to attend. The theme of this year’s student event is Succeeding in the Academic Job Search: Advice from Both Sides of the Table. Hors d’oeuvres and beverages will be served during the event.


We hope that this event will become a tradition and would like to invite you to support it by attending the event to share your ideas, experiences and questions about the topic. To ensure that we order enough food and drinks for everybody, we request that you email us to confirm if you will attend the event by January 30th, 2008. We have listed below the names of the scholars who have kindly agreed to participate in the event for your information.


For further information and/or questions please email us at:




Student Participation Sub-committee, AAAL 2008 Organizing Committee


List of participating scholars:



Bonny Norton, University of British Columbia

Nancy Bell, Washington State University

Suresh Canagarajah, Pennsylvania State University

Younghee Sheen, American University


Christina Higgins, University of Hawaii at Manoa

Clea Schmidt, University of Manitoba

Ena Lee, Simon Fraser University

Eva Lam, Northwestern University

Farahnaz Faez, University of Western Ontario

John M Norris, University of Hawaii at Manoa

Lourdes Ortega, University of Hawaii at Manoa

Mary Theresa Seig, Ball State University

Melissa Bowles, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Paul Kei Matsuda, Arizona State University

Steven Talmy, University of British Columbia


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