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Professor Rebecca Wheeler Receives Fulbright Award

  Thursday, October 8, 2015

The U.S. Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board announced that Dr. Rebecca Wheeler has been awarded a Fulbright U.S. Scholar grant to Tajikistan in teaching English as a foreign language. Wheeler will serve spring s​emester 2016 at the Tajik State University of Commerce in Khujand City, Tajikistan, where she will work with educators on academic writing, linguistics, and other aspects of English language teaching and learning. 

A professor of English, Wheeler specializes in linguistically informed approaches to teaching Standard English in dialectally diverse classrooms, with focus on helping urban teachers accurately assess and effectively respond to students who speak African-American Vernacular English (AAVE). A spokesperson for the National Council of Teachers of English, she has consulted for K–14 public schools in New York, New Orleans, Chicago, Baltimore and Arkansas. Wheeler’s recent publications include "Code-switching Lessons: Grammar Strategies for Linguistically Diverse Writers” (Ventris Learning, 2015), “Factoring AAVE Into Reading Assessment and Instruction” (Reading Teacher, March 2012), and “So Much Research, So Little Change: Teaching Standard English in African American Classrooms” (Annual Review of Linguistics, 2016).

The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and those of other countries. Fulbright grant recipients are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership in their fields. The program operates in over 160 countries. For additional information, visit

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