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 Meet our New GATESOL in Action Journal Co-Editors! 

Dr. David L. Chiesa 

Dr. Robert A. Griffin 

Dr. David L. Chiesa is an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Language and Literacy Department at the University of Georgia and serves as the English as a Second Official Language (ESOL) Endorsement, TESOL Minor, and Online Graduate TESOL Certificate Coordinator in the TESOL and World Language Education Program area. Prior to coming to UGA in Fall 2019, he was the English Language and Testing Specialist for the Ministry of Public Education of the Republic of Uzbekistan, and had served in various roles overseas for the U.S. Department of State’s Office of English Language Programs in Japan, Mongolia, Mainland China, and Uzbekistan. Dr. Chiesa’s research interest is in addressing language related issues to understand their role in the lives of individuals, particularly, language learners and language teachers. His research examines the intersections of instructional design and language teacher development, while maintaining a strong tie between research and practice. He utilizes different research traditions in applied linguistics, such as naturalistic inquiry and psychometric research, to address issues in language assessment/testing, assessment literacy of teachers, and second language writing. His publications are in the forms of journal articles (The Journal of English Language and Pedagogy), encyclopedia entries (TESOL Encyclopedia), book chapters (Multilingual Matters; Routledge), ethical guidelines (The American Association of Applied Linguistics), and book reviews (TESOL Quarterly) to name a few. His most recent book – Reconceptualizing language teaching: An in-service teacher education course in Uzbekistan – will be used as the official course material for all English language teachers throughout the country of Uzbekistan which is supported by the Ministry of Higher and Specialized Education. In his free time, Dr. Chiesa enjoys meeting and communicating with persons of other cultures, value systems, political beliefs, and economic circumstances, hoping to establish more positive relationships and to build bridges of understanding among people with varying backgrounds.

Dr. Robert A. Griffin is an assistant professor in the Department of Literacy and Special Education at the University of West Georgia, where he teaches graduate-level courses in literacy, TESOL, and diversity/inclusive education. Before moving into higher education full time, he served as a secondary English and English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) teacher for 13 years in rural south and urban north Georgia public schools. Dr. Griffin’s primary research interests involve exploring reading motivation and achievement for bi/multilingual students and “at-promise” student groups and challenging deficit-oriented paradigms among some educators related to the skills and talents of diverse learners. Dr. Griffin serves on editorial review boards for several journals in the fields of TESOL and literacy, including the Georgia Journal of Literacy and the Texas Journal of Literacy Education. In addition to serving as the co-editor of GATESOL in Action, the peer-reviewed journal of Georgia Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (GATESOL), he is also the editor of Focus, the quarterly newsletter of the Georgia Association of Literacy Advocates (GALA). For leisure, Dr. Griffin enjoys reading, traveling, visiting family, and spending time with his spouse, Mandi, and their two children, Miriam and Sarah Ruth.

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