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Showcase: John Gunning

Writer(s): 
John Gunning

 

In this edition of Showcase, John Gunning reflects on his career path and the important contributions that good friends and volunteer work have made along the way.

Showcase

John Gunning

Back in 2005, the Gifu JALT chapter had flatlined somewhat and although I had never been a member of JALT, my friend suggested that we get the chapter up and running. The Yahoo group still existed so we contacted the members and reached out to some new Gifu teaching professionals. Today the Chapter is very active and many members have moved on to JALT National positions and have volunteered at various levels within the JALT organization.

I became president of the Gifu chapter and attended my first Executive Board Member meeting in February. I was amazed to say the least. I could not believe that everyone’s time was given all based on the spirit of volunteerism. At this EBM, I was fortunate enough to have met the College and University Educators SIG Coordinators and they asked if I would volunteer some time and help organize the CUE conference as Publicity Chair. I accepted and have since volunteered time editing journals and organizing conferences for the CUE SIG.

From the first conversation with my friend to this day, I have grown both professionally and personally. I continued on with professional development and finished the SIT Mentor Teacher Trainer Certificate, and soon thereafter, my MA in TESL/TEFL. The most important result of this adventure has been the securing of a very stable position at a pharmaceutical university in Japan. At the end of the day our jobs are certainly important, but what I have gained the most from the start, back in 2005, has been the incredible number of friends I have met which has led to so many opportunities.

John Gunning is currently an Associate Professor at Gifu Pharmaceutical University in Gifu City. The past year he worked at the National JALT conference as site chair and continues to volunteer his time withJALT as the Conference Manager for JALT2011. He is also currently the CUE SIGPublications Chair.

 

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