Rebecca Wheeler
Department of English
757-594-8889 |

Areas of Expertise
Urban education, dialects in schools, grammar, African American English, African American Vernacular English, Ebonics, code-switching, teaching Standard English, dialect diversity, closing the achievement gap, achievement gap.

PhD in Linguistics, The University of Chicago, 1989
MS in Linguistics, Georgetown University, 1980
BA in French, The University of Virginia, 1974

The Linguistic Society of America (LSA)
The National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE)
The Assembly for the Teaching of English Grammar (ATEG)
The American Association of Applied Linguistics (AAAL)
Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD)
American Dialect Society (ADS)

National Service
Referee: Linguistic Society of America Annual Conference, Conference on New Ways of Analyzing Variation, Conference on African American Language, National Science Foundation, Oxford University Press, Cambridge University Press, Heinemann, Blackwell.
Committee on Language in the School Curriculum, Linguistic Society of America (LSA), (member 2002 – 2005; 2008-2011).
NCTE Spokesperson on Grammar, minority language and dialect. 2006- present.
The Undergraduate Program Advisory Committee, Linguistic Society of America (LSA) (member, 1999 – 2000, chair, 2001-2002).
Liaison, between the Linguistics in the Schools Committee of the LSA and the Undergraduate Program Advisory Committee of the LSA (2001-2002).
Executive Council, Assembly for the Teaching of English Grammar (ATEG) (2000 – 2003).