Jennifer Renn, PhD

Director, Linguistic and Cultural Diversity

Jennifer Renn (PhD, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) is the Director of Linguistic and Cultural Diversity at CAL. Dr. Renn directs the English for Heritage Language Speakers Program and functions as a research expert internally to CAL by providing input on projects and responding to questions about research design and implementation and provides expertise in the writing of research documents, technical reports, and technical briefs summarizing research results.

From 2013 to 2016, she was a member of CAL’s Language Assessment Division, where she facilitated and supported research activities across CAL by collaborating with teams to produce, review, and revise studies and subsequent written documentation on the outcome of quantitative and psychometric research and analyses pertaining to language testing and applied linguistics projects.

Prior to joining CAL, Dr. Renn worked as an Institute of Education Sciences Postdoctoral Fellow in Early Childhood Education at the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. During her time there, she worked on various projects investigating the relationship between language use and academic achievement outcomes in minority youth and contributed to writing grants for the National Science Foundation and the Institute of Education Sciences.

Dr. Renn has also taught graduate and undergraduate courses in general linguistics, applied linguistics, sociolinguistics, and field methods at Georgetown University, George Washington University, the University of Mary Washington, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She regularly presents at national and international conferences and has published articles on language variation and identity in peer-reviewed journals.