Dr Fauzia Shamim is Professor and Dean, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences at Ziauddin University, Karachi, Pakistan. Earlier, she has worked as a teacher, teacher educator, researcher, and teacher leader in several higher education institutions both in Pakistan and abroad. Dr Shamim has taught EFL/ESL and trained English language teachers in a variety of settings in Pakistan and internationally. She also has vast experience in developing and teaching Applied Linguistics courses at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels.
Dr Shamim has presented, as invited speaker, at numerous conferences in Pakistan and several countries in Asia, Africa, Europe, Middle East and the USA. She has also published widely in peer-reviewed journals and books, and co-edited 3 books. She is on the editorial and advisory boards of both national and international journals. She is also the proud recipient of the best NNEST paper award (TESOL 2014) and TESOL’s leadership mentoring award (2016).
Dr Shamim is a founder member and President of the Society of Pakistan English Language Teachers (SPELT). Currently, she is also the Chair of the TESOL International Research Professional Council (USA).
Her current research interests include teacher development, program development and evaluation, large class teaching, and English as medium of instruction.
Leaders Train Leaders: Impact of SPELT’s DIY Leadership Development Program
The Society of Pakistan English Language Teachers (SPELT) is run by volunteer teachers who normally do not have prior training in leadership skills; however, observation indicates that a lot of time and effort is spent in trial and error to learn some basic skills such as strategic and financial planning for the organization. Moreover, research on voluntary organizations indicates that, “Associations that invest in current leaders by promoting skill development and strong leadership teams stand to benefit in important ways” (Beggatta et.al, 2013, p. 565). Accordingly, SPELT recently launched a 10 hour modular leadership development pilot program for its current and future leadership. The program, tailored to the identified leadership needs of the organization, was developed and conducted by veteran SPELTERS. A certificate of completion was given to the participants who completed the 2 two core modules titled ‘Becoming effective leaders in a teacher’s association’ and ‘Financial planning and management’, and an optional needs-based module such as ‘Running effective meetings’. This paper briefly describes the program and evaluates the program’s impact on participant’s leadership practices through semi-structured interviews, observation of SPELT planning meetings and document analysis.