University of Leicester academic receives first double award for published works

Posted by ap507 at Jun 30, 2016 11:36 AM |
Professor Glenn Fulcher’s influential contribution recognised by publishing corporation SAGE and the International Language Testing Association (ILTA)

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 30 June 2016

A photo of Professor Fulcher receiving the award is available here:

An academic from the University of Leicester has received an award for his contribution to language testing and educational assessment at an international conference in Italy.

Glenn Fulcher, Professor of Education and Language Assessment and Director of the School of Education at the University of Leicester, received the 2016 award at the annual ‘Language Testing Research Colloquium’ on Friday 24 June at the University of Palermo, Italy, for two books published in the last five years which have been recognised as the most important and influential in the field. The award was presented by Professor Cathie Elder from the Language Testing Research Centre at the University of Melbourne (see photo).

The two award-winning pieces, the result of a tie, are entitled ‘Re-examining Language Testing: A philosophical and social inquiry’ (2015) and ‘The Routledge Handbook of Language Testing’ (2012) (co-written with Fred Davidson of the University of Illinois).

Glenn said: “This is the first time that the international selection panel have chosen two books to receive the SAGE/ILTA Book award. I’m still a bit stunned at the double win given the strength of the competition and the number of titles published in this field during the last five years. The award was made during the banquet of LTRC 2015, which was held in the orangery of the University of Palermo Botanic Gardens; it was a stunning venue, and a great honour to be recognized by peers in this way.”

The 2015 book impressed the panel of judges with its unique philosophical attitude to fundamental concepts, such as inference, values, constructs and measurement, in language testing.

Professor Fulcher’s work with Fred Davidson meanwhile combined the unrivalled expertise of multiple scholars and aims to be the gold-standard for promoting best practice within the field and in advancing language assessment literacy in other professions where participation in activities of language assessment is required.

Glenn is no stranger to receiving such accolades having won an International Language Testing Association prize in 2011 for his work on test retrofit. He has also developed the first data-based rating scales for speaking tests, and continues to conduct research in this area.

SAGE and ILTA make an award every five years to recognise the most significant and prominent book published in the field.

The international selection committee consisted of five judges from the Editorial Board of Language Testing and the Executive Board of ILTA: Annie Brown, Australian Council for Educational Research (Chair), Beverly Baker, University of Ottawa, Jayanti Banerjee, Worden Consulting LLC, Slobodanka Dimova, University of Copenhagen and Ute Knoch, University of Melbourne.

Glenn added: “As a result of this award Routledge has just launched a more affordable paperback issue of the Handbook. Routledge is also offering a 20% discount on both titles until the end of the year. This is terrific news as it will make my work much more accessible.”


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