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  • LaVona L. Reeves, PhD
    LaVona L. Reeves, PhD
    Professor of English and Women's & Gender Studies; MATESL Program Director
    Patterson Hall 211I
    Phone: 509.359.7060

    Linguistics, Women's Literature, Composition, Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages


    University of Nebraska, BA: French (History and English emphases)
    Columbia University, MA: Languages & Literature (TESOL)
    Indiana University of Pennsylvania, PhD: English/Linguistics and Rhetoric

    MATESL founder, LaVona Reeves, has taught in New York Cityand Boise Public Schools, Boise State University, the University of Wyoming, Osaka University and Harvard University. As President of TESOL affiliate, Washington Association for the Education of Speakers of Other Languages, she initiated a teaching award to honor deceased co-founder of the undergraduate TESL Program, Sally Wellman. Dr. Reeves works closely with graduate students conducting original research in her writing classes and has published in composition, TESOL, literature and gender studies. Awarded EWU Professor of the Year in 2007, she has also been widely recognized for university and community service.

    Recent Publications

    "Action Research, Community, and Hope: Thich Nhat Hanh, bell hooks, and Post-modernity." WAESOL World. 2011.
    "'Buckled Up Inside': Teaching ELLs About Disabilities." WAESOL World. Spring 2010. id=dhdsbdqf_8crp4n9hc
    "Self-Doubt and an Ethic of Care Inspire Women Leaders." Women in Higher Education (Sarah Gibbard Cook).
    "Minimizing Writing Apprehension in the Learner-Centered Classroom." The English Journal 86,6.

    Courses Taught

    Composition for Multi-lingual Writers
    Women, Literature, and Social Change
    Grammar for Teachers
    Second Language Acquisition
    Second Language Curriculum Design and Assessment
    Modern Language Methodology

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