Timothy Reagan

Timothy ReaganDean and Professor of Education
Phone: 207.581.2455

151 Shibles Hall
University of Maine
Orono, ME 04469-5749

Bio: Timothy Reagan is Dean of the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Maine. He has held a variety of senior faculty and administrative positions at institutions in the United States, South Africa and Kazakhstan, including at Gallaudet University, the University of Connecticut, Roger Williams University, Central Connecticut State University, the University of the Witwatersrand, and Nazarbayev University. Reagan serves as the editor-in-chief of the international journal Language Problems and Language Planning, and is the author of more than a dozen books and 150 refereed journal articles and book chapters, dealing with issues related to educational and applied linguistics, educational policy studies, educational reform, comparative education, and philosophy of education. His work has appeared in Arts and Humanities in Higher Education, Critical Inquiry in Language Studies, Educational Foundations, Educational Policy, Educational Theory, Foreign Language Annals, Harvard Educational Review, Journal of Language, Identity and Education, Language Policy, Language Problems and Language Planning, Multicultural Education, Semiotics, and Sign Language Studies.

Ph.D. in Educational Policy Studies, 1982, University of Illinois (Champaign-Urbana)
M.A. in Educational Policy Studies, 1980, University of Illinois (Champaign-Urbana)
B.A. in History/Russia, 1977, Michigan State University

Courses taught at UMaine

  • ELL 485/585: Applied Linguistics and Secondary Language Acquistion

Sample Publications


  • Reagan, T. (2010). Language planning and language policy for sign languages (Volume 16 in the ‘Sociolinguistics in Deaf Communities Series’). Washington, DC: Gallaudet University Press.
  • Reagan, T. (2009). Language matters: Reflections on educational linguistics. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.
  • Rallis, S., Grossman, G., Cobb, C., Reagan, T. & Kuntz, A. (2007). Leading dynamic schools: How to create and implement ethical policies. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press.
  • Reagan, T. (2005). Nonwestern educational traditions: Indigenous approaches to educational thought and practice (3rd ed.). Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.

Journal Articles:

  • Reagan, T. (2016). The conceptualization of ‘language legitimacy’. Critical Inquiry in Language Studies, 13(1), 1-19.
  • Reagan, T. (2011). Ideological barriers to American Sign Language: Unpacking linguistic resistance. Sign Language Studies, 11(4), 594-624.
  • Reagan, T. (2007). The times of our signs: Aspect and aspectual markers in American Sign Language. South African Linguistics and Applied Language Studies, 25(1), 17-26.
  • Reagan, T. (2006). The explanatory power of critical language studies: Linguistics with an attitude. Critical Inquiry in Language Studies, 3(1), 1-22.

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