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 of English at North Carolina State University where he coordinates the secondary English education program and contributes to the North Carolina Language and Life Project. He served as the lead developer for the Do You Speak American? Secondary School Curriculum (2005) and College-Level Curriculum (2005) (PBS). 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. His research examines the effectiveness of formal and public education linguistics projects, including the development and testing of the nation's first state-based dialect awareness program, Voices of North Carolina: Language and Life from the Atlantic to the Appalachians (Reaser and Wolfram 2007). He recently co-authored with Walt Wolfram the general audience book, Talkin' Tar Heel: How Our Voices Tell the Story of North Carolina (2014). 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 Advisor Award in 2009, the CHASS Outstanding Teacher Award in 2010 at which time he was inducted into the Academy of Outstanding Teachers at NC State, and the CHASSS Outstanding Undergraduate Professor Award in 2013. He is past chair of the Language in the School Curriculum Committee of the Linguistics Society of America and has served on the executive committees of the Southeastern Conference on Linguistics and the American Dialect Society. With Walt Wolfram he hosted LAVIS IV in spring 2015. He is currently working on a co-authored textbook titled Dialects at School" Educating Linguistically Diverse Students.

Recent Publications

2015. Godley, Amanda J., Jeffrey Reaser, and Kaylan G. Moore. Pre-Service English Language Arts Teachers' Development of Critical Language Awareness for Teaching. Linguistics and Education.

2015. Reaser, Jeffrey, and Caroline Myrick. Writing Language-based Trade Books: Making Linguistics Accessible to Lay Audiences. Language and Linguistic Compass, 9(5): 198-208.

2015. Thomas, Erik R. and Jeffrey Reaser. An Experiment on Cues Used for Identification of Voices as African American or European American. In Michael D. Picone and Catherine Evans Davies (eds.), Language Variety in the South: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives. Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press. 507-522.

2014. Wolfram, Walt, and Jeffrey Reaser. Talkin' Tar Heel: How Our Voices Tell the Story of North Carolina. UNC Press

2013. Reaser, Jeffrey. Dialect and education in Appalachia. In Amy Clark and Nancy Hayward (eds.), Appalachian Englishes. University Press of Kentucky. 94-109.

2013. Reaser, Jeffrey, and Benjamin Torbert. Morphosyntactic features of Bahamian English. In Bernd Kortmann, ed. The World Atlas of Variation in English: Grammar. Berlin/New York: Mouton de Gruyter. 169-179.

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.

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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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Fathering, rock climbing, volleyball, yard work, fishing, hiking, camping, reading, pedagogical theory, educational policy

Awards and Honors

CHASS Outstanding Undergraduate Professor Award in 2013

American Dialect Society Executive Committee

American Speech editorial board

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