Interim Dean of Global Education Anne Dahlman and South Central College Colleague Honored

November 22, 2019 | News Story

a person wearing glasses and a red shirtMankato, Minn. -- Anne Dahlman (pictured at right), interim dean of global education at Minnesota State University, Mankato, and Kimberly Johnson, associate vice president, of effective teaching and learning at South Central College, are the recipients of the Harold B. Allen Award. The award comes from MinneTESOL, the premier professional association for English as a Second Language (ESL) professionals in Minnesota. It is given to members who have demonstrated particular dedication to the profession and to the organization.

Johnson and Dahlman are being recognized for their "innovation and leadership in developing a premiere regional journal." Between 2012 and 2017, Dahlman and Johnson created a new vision for the MinneTESOL Journal, leading the transition from a static online journal with limited circulation into an interactive, open access, practitioner-oriented academic journal.

The award is named for Harold B. Allen, a professor from the University of Minnesota and noted linguist, who was the founder and first president of the international TESOL organization in 1966. MinneTESOL focuses on second language learners in K-12, adult, postsecondary, and teacher education contexts advocating for high-quality teaching, research, and educational equity for refugees, immigrants, and international students.

two women standing next to each otherDahlman and Johnson (on right in photo at left) have served in multiple leadership positions in with MinneTESOL. Currently, they both serve as senior editors emeritus on the MinneTESOL Journal Editorial Board. In the past, Dahlman has served as MinneTESOL’s president and Johnson has served as the organization’s conference chair.

South Central College and Minnesota State University, Mankato are members of the Minnesota State system of colleges and universities.

About South Central College
South Central College (SCC) is a comprehensive community and technical college with campuses in Faribault and North Mankato. The college offers programs that prepare students to immediately start a rewarding career after graduation or transfer to a 4-year institution to pursue a bachelor’s degree. In addition, SCC’s Center for Business and Industry provides businesses and professionals with customized training and continuing education opportunities. SCC is an Affirmative Action Equal Opportunity Employer/Educator. For more information visit

About Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 14,297 students and more than 120,000 alumni worldwide, sits atop 303 acres overlooking the Minnesota River Valley. Minnesota State Mankato offers bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees, with at least 45 programs offered either completely or partially online and more than 20 programs available at the University’s Twin Cities location in Edina.

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