Dr. Rebecca Wheeler
Professor of English

Office:  McMurran Hall, 201E
Phone:  (757) 594-8889
Email:   rwheeler@cnu.edu

Ph.D. University of Chicago
M.S. Georgetown University
B.A. University of Virginia

PK-12 Teaching Experience:
In-service professional development for teachers K-14

Research Interests:

  • Code-switching and contrastive analysis
  • Dialect diversity in public schools
  • African American Vernacular English
  • How to factor African American Vernacular English (AAVE) into reading and writing assessment
  • Teaching Standard English in dialectally diverse classrooms 
  • Linguistically informed grading practices K-12

Recent Publications:

  • 2010 Wheeler, Rebecca & Rachel Swords. Code-Switching Lessons: Grammar Strategies for Linguistically Diverse Writers. A FirstHand Curriculum. Portsmouth, NH: Heinmann.
  • 2008 Wheeler Rebecca "Becoming Adept at Code-Switching." Educational Leadership. Themed issue on Poverty and Learning. Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD).
  • Summer 2007, Wheeler’s presentation video and paper, Code-switching: Insights and strategies for teaching Standard English), the Achievement Gap Initiative, Harvard University (http://agi.harvard.edu/).
  • November 20, 2007, Wheeler’s Forum Lecture, Code-switching: Teaching Standard English in African American Classrooms, at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, in conjunction with WGBH of Boston. (http://agi.harvard.edu/).
Rebecca Wheeler