If there is an article in The Encyclopedia of Applied Linguistics about you, then you know that you have indeed made significant contributions to the field! Exactly this honor was recently bestowed on emeritus Professor John Swales. John's former student and alum from our Department, Betty Samray (Ph.D. 1995), authored the article about John that appeared late in 2012. The article highlights John's many foundational contributions to the fields of academic genre analysis and academic English. More information about the article is available here. The full abstract is given below.
Swales, John M.
Perhaps most widely known for the create-a-research-space (CARS) model to account for the rhetorical structure of research article introductions, John M. Swales has made an indelible mark on English for specific purposes (ESP) through his many discourse studies of academic genres and by the significance of his publications on the relationship of linguistic research to the teaching of English for academic purposes (EAP), the role of English in the research world, and materials development for advanced academic writing.