Following his election as President-elect last year, Professor Jun Liu took office in March 2006 as President of TESOL, the leading international association of ESL teachers with 13,500 members from 120 countries. He has the distinction of being the first non-native English speaker to hold the position. In the past year, Liu has traveled around the world as an ambassador for TESOL and the University of Arizona, giving plenary speeches to numerous national TESOL organizations, from Turkey to Thailand, as well as his native China. The UA is the only university with more than one faculty member to have held this prestigious position in the organization's 40-year history.
Fellow faculty member in the English language/Linguistics Program Regents' Professor Muriel Saville-Troike was president in 1974.

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