Jeffrey Reaser
Jeffrey Reaser

Jeffrey Reaser

Associate Professor
Tompkins 217
919/515-4176 (office)
jlreaser at ncsu dot edu


B.A. in Secondary English Education, Magna Cum Laude, North Carolina State University, 1995-1999

M.A. in English, North Carolina State University, 2000-2001

Ph.D. in English-Linguistics, Duke University, 2002-2006

Research Interests

Expansion of the Voices of North Carolina curriculum in scope and distribution through a series of teacher workshops.

Developing additions curricula that insert information about linguistic diversity into the public school curriculum.

Developing psychometrically valid instruments for evaluating the language attitudes of students and teachers as well as the changes to these attitudes though education.


Jeffrey Reaser is an Associate Professor in the Department of English at North Carolina State University. His primary appointment is in the secondary teacher education program with a secondary appointment in linguistics. His research has focused on the development, testing, and distribution of materials designed to allow teachers to teach about language variation in public schools and in professional development settings. He served as the lead developer for the Do You Speak American? Secondary School Curriculum (2005) and College-Level Curriculum (2005) (PBS). With Walt Wolfram he is author of Voices of North Carolina: Language and Life from the Atlantic to the Appalachians (2007), the nation's first state-approved dialect awareness curriculum. In 2011, in conjunction with members of the NCLLP and the Ocracoke Preservation Society, he compiled an oral history project entitled Ocracoke Still Speaks: Reflections Past and Present. He has published more than fifteen research articles and book chapters and has given lectures at local, state, national, and international conferences. He was awarded the CHASS Outstanding Faculty Award in 2009 and the CHASS Outstanding Teacher Award in 2010 at which time he was inducted into the Academy of Outstanding Teachers at NC State. He will serve as Co-Chair (2013-2015) of the Language in the School Curriculum Committee of the Linguistics Society of America. He is currently working on a book titled Talkin' Tar Heel: Voices of North Carolina. He is married to Emily Reaser with whom he has two wonderful children, Owen and Adeline.

Recent Publications

2011. Reaser, Jeffrey, and Benjamin Torbert. Morphosyntactic features of Bahamian English . In Bernd Kortmann & Kerstin Lunkenheimer, eds. The Electronic World Atlas of Variation: Grammar . Max Planck Digital Library in cooperation with Mouton de Gruyter

2011. Reaser, Jeffrey, Paula Dickerson Boddie, Walt Wolfram, DeAnna Locke, Chester Lynn, and Phillip Howard. Ocracoke Still Speaks: Reflections Past and Present . Oral history CD and book. A collaboration between the North Carolina Language and Life Project at NC State and the Ocracoke Preservation Society.

2010. Reaser, Jeffrey. Developing Sociolinguistic Curricula that Help Teachers Meet Standards. In Kristen Denham and Anne Lobeck (eds.), Linguistics at School: Language Awareness in Primary and Secondary Education. Cambridge University Press. 91-105.

2010. Reaser, Jeffrey. Using Media to Teach about Language. Language and Linguistic Compass, 4: 782-792.

2010. Reaser, Jeffrey. Bahamian English. In Daniel Schreier, Peter Trudgill, Edgar Schneider, and Jeffrey P. Williams (eds.), The Lesser-known Varieties of English. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 158-170.

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ENG 498: Senior Seminar in English Education
ENG 400: Applied Criticism
ENG 328: Language and Writing
ENG 326: History of the English Language
ENG 325: Spoken and Written Traditions of American Dialects

Course Syllabi

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Awards and Honors

Co-Chair, Linguistic Society of America's Language in School Curriculum Committee (LiSC)

Editorial board, Teaching Linguistics (LSA e-journal).

CHASS Outstanding Teacher Award, 2010

CHASS Outstanding Faculty Advisor Award, 2009

North Carolina Public Schools, Secondary English, Teaching License

American Dialect Society Presidential Honorary Membership Award