Dudley Reynolds

Co-Area Head, Arts and Sciences
Full Teaching Professor, English

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Reynolds joined the CMU-Q faculty in 2007 with the task of building a first-year writing program that would serve students from diverse linguistic and educational backgrounds. In 2012, he was asked to join the Dean's Academic Council as the representative for the Humanities and Social Science faculty. In 2016-17 he served as the President of TESOL International Association, the largest international professional association for teachers of English to speakers of other languages with over 12,000 members in more than 150 countries. He is a frequent invited speaker at international conferences and has published widely in the field of applied linguistics.


Ph.D. Linguistics, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana

M.A. Applied Linguistics, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana

B.A. English, Davidson College, Davidson, North Carolina

Area Of Expertise

  • educational and non-profit association leadership
  • English as an additional language
  • teacher education and development
  • language assessment
  • second language writing and reading

Research Description

Reynolds' research focuses on the development, assessment, and teaching of second language reading and writing. He was the Lead PI for a Qatar National Research Fund grant on “Improving Reading Skills in the Middle School Science Classroom” and a Co PI on a second project: “Learning4Teaching-Qatar: Examining Qatari teachers’ experiences of professional development in English language teaching.” He is the author of One on One with Second Language Writers: A Guide for Writing Tutors, Teachers, and Consultants (University of Michigan Press, 2009) and Assessing Writing, Assessing Learning (University of Michigan Press, 2010) as well as numerous articles and book chapters.

Research Keywords

second language learning
language assessment
educational leadership
teacher cognition
teacher development

Useful Links



Reynolds, D. (2010). Assessing writing, assessing learning. Ann Arbor MI: University of Michigan Press.

Reynolds, D. (2009). One on one with second language writers: A guide for writing tutors, teachers, and consultants. Ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan Press.

Recent chapters and articles

Reynolds, D. (forthcoming 2018). Writing assessment. In Assessment volume of J. Liontas (Ed.), The TESOL Encyclopedia of English Language Teaching. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons.

Reynolds, D. (forthcoming 2017). A Qatari case for authenticity in the investigation of reading abilities and strategies. In A. Gebril (Ed.), Applied linguistics in the Middle East and North Africa. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.

Reynolds, D. (2017). Helping content teachers move beyond language: Translanguaging in Lesson Study groups. In M. A. Snow & D. M. Brinton (Eds.), The content-based classroom: Perspectives on integrating language and content (2nd ed.). Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press.

Freeman, D., Reynolds, D., Toledo, W., & Abu-Tineh, A. (2016). Who Provides Professional Development? A Study of ELT Professional Development in Qatar. Iranian Journal of Language Teaching Research. Special issue edited by Jack C. Richards.

Eslami, Z., Reynolds, D., Sonnenburg-Winkler, S. L., & Crandall, J. (2016). Translanguaging for teacher development in Qatari middle school science classrooms. In J. Crandall & M. Cristison (Eds.), Teacher education and professional development in TESOL: Global perspectives. New York: Routledge.

Reynolds, D. (2015). Qatari middle school students’ perceptions of strategies for L1 and L2 reading. In C. Gitsaki, M. Gobert, & H. Demirci (Eds.) Current Issues in Reading, Writing and Visual Literacy: Research and Practice (pp. 28-45). Newcastle upon Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

Reynolds, D. (2015). Human subjects review. In J.D. Brown and C. Coombe (Eds.) The Cambridge Guide to Research in Language Teaching and Learning (pp. 183-189). Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.

Wetzel, D. & Reynolds, D. (2015). Adaptation across space and time: Revealing pedagogical assumptions. In D. S. Martins (Ed.) Transnational writing program administration (pp. 93-116). Logan, UT: Utah State University Press. (DOI: 10.7330/9780874219623.c004). Recipient of 2017 CCCC Outstanding Book Award.

Wright, K., McTigue, E., Eslami, Z., & Reynolds, D. (2015). Picture perfect: Using quality graphics to support English language learners in science classes. The Science Teacher, 82(4), 3-8.

Wright, K., McTigue, E., Eslami, Z., & Reynolds, D. (2014). More than just eye catching: Evaluating graphic quality in middle school ELL content-area textbooks. Journal of Curriculum and Instruction, 8(2), 89-109. doi:10.3776/joci.2014.v8n2p89-109

University Service

Dean's Academic Council, CMU-Q (2012-present)

Institutional Review Board Chair, CMU-Q (2011-2016, member 2017+)

Director of Research in English Language Learning (2007-2012)

Marketing and Public Relations Advisory Committee Chair, CMU-Q (2011-2015)

Global Communication Center Advisory Board member, CMU (2013-2015)

University Committee on Non-Tenure Appointments member, CMU (2010-2012)

Carnegie Mellon University Communication Symposium Co-chair, CMU (2010-2012)

Distinguished Lecture Series Committee Chair, CMU-Q (2010-2011)

Building Use Committee member, CMU-Q (2009-2010)

Student Learning and Development Committee member, CMU-Q (2008-2010)

First Year Experience Committee member, CMU-Q (2008-2009)


Habib University. Karachi Pakistan. Drafted proposal for Communication Studies and Design major and advised on faculty hiring (2010-2013)

Assessing English Language Placement Tests for Use in Qatari Post-secondary Institutions. Undergraduate Research Experience Program (UREP 08-036–6-002). Awarded to University of Calgary–Qatar (2010)

Communities of Practice: An Interinstitutional General Education Assessment Project. FIPSE Grant No. P116B020143. Awarded to California State University, Long Beach; California State University, Sacramento; Towson University; University of Delaware; University of Nebraska at Omaha. (2002-2006) 

Professional Activities

TESOL International Association: President (2016-17) and member of the Executive Committee (2015-2018); Co-chair Research Agenda Task Force (2013-2014); Board of Directors (2009-2012); Chair TESOL Conference on Putting Research into Practice (2011); Associate Chair 42nd Annual TESOL Convention and Exhibit (2008); member (1989-present)

American Association for Applied Linguistics: Graduate Student Award Committee Chair (2001-2002); member (1996-present)



Courses Taught

English 76-100 Reading and Writing for an Academic Context

English 76-101 Interpretation and Argument

English 76-318 Communicating in the Global Marketplace

English 76-324 Advanced Academic Writing