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2022 Keynote Speaker


Paul Kei Matsuda


Reawakening the Teacher Within:
Reflections on Professional Development During the COVID Era (and Beyond)

8:00 - 9:20 am

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed our lives in various ways—some more serious than others—and it will probably leave a lasting mark on all of us. In this keynote talk, the presenter will reflect on his struggle to keep developing professionally during the pandemic, and discuss how he found ways to motivate himself and others. After sharing his story, he will invite the audience to share their professional development stories from the last three years. 

Paul Kei Matsuda is Professor of English and Director of Second Language Writing at Arizona State University. He has published widely on issues related to language, writing, identity and professional development. He is founding chair of the Symposium on Second Language Writing and editor of the Parlor Press Series on Second Language Writing. He is also a former president of the American Association for Applied Linguistics. Paul has given numerous keynote talks and lectures, and taught writing courses and graduate courses all around the world. While the pandemic has led to a dramatic decrease in the amount of his international travel, it has not succeeded in slowing him down.