A recipient of the Vice President’s Teaching Excellence Award, Dr. Redd is a Professor of English, Director of Writing Across the Curriculum, and Director of the Center for Excellence in Teaching, Learning, and Assessment (CETLA) at Howard University. She holds a B.A. in Russian and Phi Beta Kappa key from Princeton University, an M.A. in English from Howard, and a Ph. D. in Education from the University of Maryland, College Park.
At Howard, Dr. Redd has taught technical writing, freshman composition, and linguistics for more than twenty years. As Director of Writing Across the Curriculum, she launched the first writing-intensive courses across the disciplines, integrated service-learning into her technical writing courses, and developed Freshman English for Engineers by linking an expository writing course to an engineering design course. While fostering interdisciplinary collaboration, she has spent more than a decade teaching with technology and teaching others to follow suit. In particular, she has harnessed the Internet to enable her classes to collaborate with students at Montana State University and the University of Cape Town, South Africa. Whether co-chairing a technology committee, building websites, setting up a writing lab, or teaching faculty to use the Blackboard e-learning program, she has promoted the use of technology to improve students’ learning.
For her teaching innovations, Dr. Redd has been featured in the PBS telecourse Writing for an Audience, in the Chronicle of Higher Education, and on WHMM’s (WHUT-TV’s) Evening Exchange. She has also been invited to teach Writing Across the Curriculum and technology workshops for high school and college faculty throughout the Southeastern states.
While teaching, Dr. Redd has published articles or chapters about audience analysis, readability, teaching with technology, writing across the curriculum, service-learning, African American English, assessment, and teaching African American students. In addition, she has co-authored A Teacher’s Introduction to African American English: What a Writing Teacher Should Know, published by the National Council of Teachers of English. She has also edited Revelations: An Anthology of Expository Essays by and about Blacks, a textbook that has been adopted by Howard’s Freshman English Program for more than a decade. Over the years, her scholarship and experience have earned her a seat on the editorial boards of three national journals, the executive committee of the nation’s largest composition association, and the advisory boards for the SAT, LSAT, and GRE.