CSU International Programs Resident Director for Spain, AY 2021-22, Professor/Advisor, Spanish
Title: CSU International Programs Resident Director for Spain, AY 2021-22, Professor of Spanish/Advisor, Spanish Program Coordinator, Chair of the Senate
Office: Carson 24
Jeffrey Tador Reeder, PhD
Dr. Reeder currently holds the rank of Professor of Modern Languages and Literatures at Sonoma State University, having come from Baylor University in 1998. He earned his Ph.D. in Ibero-Romance Philology and Linguistics from the University of Texas at Austin, where he conducted research in the acquisition of the Spanish phonological system by adult English-speaking learners. At Sonoma State he has held appointments as Program Coordinator, Graduate Advisor, and Department Chair. His record of scholarly contributions includes over a dozen academic publications, as well as dozens of conference presentations, panels, workshops, reports, and other forms of scholarly activity. He currently represents Sonoma State on the Academic Senate of the California State University.
A leader in curricular and programmatic development, he has designed and implemented several significant enhancements to language education; locally this leadership has led to such innovations as new courses in teaching methodology, translation, and Portuguese language at Sonoma State as well as the creation and development of the Master of Arts in Spanish summer program. Nationally, this has included his service on the Advanced Placement Spanish Language and Culture Development Committee, the group that writes the AP exams taken by hundreds of thousands of high school students; subsequently, he was appointed to a term as Chief Reader of the AP Spanish program: Recruiting, training, and supervising a team of over a thousand college faculty and high school AP teachers to score the AP exams every summer as well as working collaboratively with executives and staff from the College Board and Educational Testing Services to develop and implement efficient and effective scoring processes.
He has been called on to serve on numerous curricular panels and commissions and has been an external reviewer of several academic departments and multi-year grant-funded programs, in addition to membership on a WASC Accreditation Review Team.
Born on a US Navy base in Japan, he spent his childhood in Latin America and in several US states before going to the US Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. In addition to his duties, he is an avid archer, holding a silver and a bronze medal in Traditional Longbow from the USA Archery National Championships, a skill which he brought to Sonoma State as founding coach and advisor of the SSU Archery Team, where he has mentored three Collegiate All-American archers and a national silver medal team. Among his interesting experiences are working as a Contract Linguist for the Federal Bureau of Investigation, work history as a truck driver, as a hotel bellman, and doing seasonal farm work.