jenelle reeves

Jenelle Reeves Professor & Graduate Chair

2002 Ph.D., University of Tennessee, Language, Literacy, and ESL Education
1996 M.Ed., University of Washington, Curriculum and Instruction: Teaching English as a second language
1991 B.A., Central College, English

Dr. Reeves’s research focuses on teacher learning and teacher identity construction in schooling contexts that include English learners.  Specifically, she is interested in how teachers of ELs conceptualize effective instruction, position themselves and learners in multilingual classrooms and develop expertise for teaching with English learners. Dr. Reeves is also interested in the teacher learning potential of travel study, and she leads travel study trips to South Korea and the Netherlands, exploring the schooling of immigrant and newcomer youth in these contexts.

 Dr. Reeves is the coordinator for the elementary education program at UNL, and she is a contributing faculty to the university’s ELL endorsement and TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) graduate certificate.

Areas of Expertise:

    English Learners
    Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
    Teacher Identity
    Teacher Development

Professional Highlights

Honors and Recognition
2015, Donald R. and Mary Lee Swanson Award for Excellence in Teaching2011, College of Education and Human Sciences Distinguished Teaching Award2011, Teacher Education Interest Section (TEIS) Chair elect, Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)2006, Schooling in Nebraska’s demographically transitioning communities, $15,000 Grant Funding, Initiative for Teaching and Learning Excellence, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Project Co-director with Edmund T. Hamann2005, Monolingual Teachers, Multilingual Students, $2,850 Competitive research grant proposal, Project director, Office of the Vice President for Research, Auburn University2003, Preparing all teachers to work successfully with English language learners, $1,995.85 College of Education National Advisory Council, Auburn University
2005-Present, Associate Professor (promoted 2011), Department of Teaching, Learning and Teacher Education, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, Nebraska2002-2005, Assistant Professor and ESL Education Program Coordinator, Department of Curriculum and Teaching, Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama1999-2002, Teaching Associate and Intern Supervisor, Department of Theory and Practice in Teacher Education, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tennessee2000-2001, ESL Instructor, English Language Institute, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tennessee2000-2001, Freelance Item Writer, Test of English for International Communication (TOEIC), Princeton, New Jersey1997-1999, Visiting Lecturer of ESL, Department of English Education, Chunchon National University of Education, Chunchon, South Korea1991-1993, High School ESL Teacher, Japan Exchange and Teaching Program (JET), Niigata Prefecture, Japan
Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) [Affiliate memberships: KOTESOL, AMTESOL, MidTESOL]American Anthropological Association (AAA)American Association of Educational Research (AERA)National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE)Southeast Conference of Language Teachers (SCOLT)