Key teachers are the most renowned scholars internationally.

Dr. Liying Cheng is Professor and Director of the Assessment and Evaluation Group (AEG) at the Faculty of Education, Queen’s University. Her primary research interests are the impact of large-scale testing on instruction and the relationships between assessment and instruction. Her seminal research on washback focuses on the global impact of large-scale testing. Liying conducts the majority of her research within the context of teaching and learning English as a second and foreign language (including immersion and bilingual contexts). Since 2000, she has obtained research funding totalling 1.7 million Canadian dollars. In addition, she has conducted more than 220 conference presentations and has more than 140 publications in top-tier journals including Language Testing, Language Assessment Quarterly, Assessment in Education, Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education, and Teaching and Teacher Education. Her recent books are Assessment in the Language Classroom: Teachers Supporting Student Learning (co-authored with J. Fox, Palgrave McMillan, 2017); Language Classroom Assessment (single-authored, TESOL English Language Teacher Development Series, 2013); English Language Assessment and the Chinese Learner (co-edited with A. Curtis, Taylor & Francis, 2010); Changing Language Teaching through Language Testing (single-authored, Cambridge University Press, 2005); and Washback in Language Testing: Research Contexts and Methods (co-edited with Y. Watanabe with A, Curtis, Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 2004).

From 2007 to 2011, Dr. Andy Curtis was the Director of the English Language Teaching Unit at the Chinese University of Hong Kong and a professor in the Faculty of Education there. Prior to 2007, he was the Executive Director of the School of English at Queen’s University in Canada, and a professor at the School for International Training in the USA. He is currently teaching online within the Graduate School of Education at Anaheim University, California, USA. From 2015 to 2016, he served as the 50th President of TESOL International Association. In 2016, he received one of the Association’s 50-at-50 Awards, when he was voted one of the Fifty Most Influential Figures in the Field, over the last 50 years. He has published more than 100 articles, book chapters and books, including Learning About Language Assessment: Dilemmas, Decisions, and Directions (2015, National Geographic/Cengage Learning), co-authored with Kathi Bailey. He is the editor of a nine-book TESOL Press series ELT In Context (2015-2017), and the editor of a five-book series, Applied Linguistics for the Language Classroom (2017, Palgrave Macmillan). The ALLC series includes his book on Language Teaching Methods and Methodologies. Recently, he has been identified as a pioneer in the new field of Peace Linguistics.

Dr. Thaddeus Müller is a senior lecturer at the Law School of Lancaster University (criminology) and has had positions at the University of Amsterdam, the Erasmus University Rotterdam and the Rotterdam Academy of Architecture and Urban Design. Thaddeus Müller is an active member of the Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction (vice-president) and its European counterpart. He has researched a range of topics, such as, the criminalisation and regulation of cannabis, the public realm (the warm city), the Ajax Amsterdam-hooligans, the marginalization of ‘ethnic’ youth, the social construction of safety in public spaces, transgression in the rock/pop-world, academic fraud and defaulting homeowners  ‘fighting Wall Street’. Within these themes, he is especially interested in the effects of stigma/labelling, and resisting stigma/labelling (and its effects) through the construction of empowering (counter-)narratives. He has published in a wide range of international journals, such as Symbolic Interaction, Critical Criminology and The British Journal of Criminology.  He has also published articles on ethnographic research and has been teaching qualitative methods for over 25 years.

Four examples of  his most recent research are 1) cannabis, 2) transgression and resistance in the rock/pop-world, 3) defaulting homeowners  ‘fighting Wall Street’ and 4) academic fraud.

His comparative international cannabis research involves the implementation of cannabis policies of countries such as the Netherlands, the UK, the United States and Canada. In 2016 and 2017 he has have done explorative ethnographic research on cannabis shops in the US (legal) and Canada (then illegal).

Rock/pop stars form rich cases to study and understand transgression. Because of their celebrity status there is ample (biographical) data on the transgressions of rock/pop musicians, such as Lou Reed, Kurt Cobain, Whitney Houston, Janis Joplin, and Jim Morrison. It is his aim to explain their transgressions by relating it their life histories and by using themes such as stigma, self-medication and commodification.

He is involved in a study on how defaulters, person who stopped paying their mortgages, try to prevent the foreclosure by bank(s) who are using fraudulent means to seize their houses. He has done research since spring 2017, which resulted in 40 interviews in Florida.

He has been researching on academic fraud, which specifically concerns Diederik Stapel, a social psychologist who published at least 55 articles in top tier journals which were completely made up. This ongoing research resulted in interview data with Stapel of over ten hours.