ACADEMIC RECORD:       Ronald F. Kephart

 

Personal Data

 

Addresses and Phone Numbers

            Work:             Department of Sociology & Anthropology

                                    Social Sciences/2211

                                    University of North Florida

                                    1 UNF Drive

                                    Jacksonville, FL 32224

                                    Phone: (904) 620-1659

                                    Fax:     (904) 620-2540

                                    E-mail: rkephart@unf.edu

 

 


Education

Degrees

Ph.D., Anthropology, University of Florida, 1985.

Advanced Certificate in Latin American Studies, University of Florida, 1985.

M.A., Latin American Studies, University of Florida, 1980.

B.A., Spanish Language and Literature, College of William and Mary, 1968.

 


Other education and training

ACTFL Proficiency Interview Training Workshop, University of Illinois at Champaign/Urbana, July 27-30, 1993.

Teacher training conducted by Peace Corps and the University of the West Indies,

Lincoln University, PA, and Barbados, June-August 1971.

St. Johns College, Annapolis, MD, 1963-65

 

           


Employment History

Associate Professor, Department of Sociology & Anthropology, UNF, 2003-present.

Associate Professor, Assistant Professor, Department of English and Foreign Languages, UNF, 1989-2003.

Lecturer in Spanish, Department of Romance Languages, University of Florida, 1986-89.

Spanish Instructor Institute for Food and Agricultural Sciences, University of Florida, Summer 1988, 1989.

Assistant in Special Programs, Upward Bound Program, University of Florida, 1985-86.

Teaching Assistant, Department of Anthropology and Program in Linguistics, University of Florida, 1980-85.

United States Peace Corps Volunteer (Spanish teacher), Grenada, West Indies, 1971-74.

Spanish teacher, Bolles School, Jacksonville, FL, 1969-70.

Consultant in Applied Linguistics, Northeast Florida Educational Consortium, Summer 1994, 1993; Spring 1993.

Consultant in Cross-Cultural Communication, Northeast Florida Educational Consortium, Summer 1992.

           


Teaching Fields

Anthropology: linguistic, cultural, physical.

Linguistics: general; creolistics.

Caribbean languages, cultures.

Spanish language and linguistics.

 


Honors, Awards, Grants, Fellowships

Received a $1000 grant from the Foundation for Endangered Languages for work documenting the French-lexicon creole spoken on Carriacou, Grenada. 2005.

Recipient, full-pay, one-semester sabbatical for the fall semester 2003 to study Creole French and Creole English.

Recipient, UNF Summer Scholarship Grant for summer 2003, to conduct linguistic fieldwork on Carriacou, Grenada.

Recipient, full-pay, one-semester sabbatical for the fall semester 1996 to complete a study of creole English.

Recipient, Teacher Incentive Program award for 1993-94.

Inter-American Foundation Doctoral Fellowship, 1982-84.

Inter-American Foundation Masters Learning Fellowship on Social Change, 1979.

NDEA Title VI Foreign Language Fellowship (Aymara), 1978-80.

 

Memberships

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American Anthropological Association

Society for Linguistic Anthropology

Society for Pidgin and Creole Linguistics

Society for Caribbean Linguistics

Phi Beta Delta Honor Society for International Scholars.

 


Scholarly Work

Books

Broken English: The Creole Language of Carriacou. New York: Peter Lang Publishers, 2000.     

Meeting Anthropology Phase to Phase. (co-author with B. Graber, R. Skelton, R. Rowlett, and S. Brown). Durham, NC: Carolina Academic Publishers, 2000.

 

Book chapters

 

Latin America and the Caribbean. Race and Ethnicity in the United States and the World. Edited by Raymon Supin. Prenetice Hall 2012. [Note: This is a new, revised edition of the 2003 volume listed below.]

Creole English on Carriacou: A sketch and some implications. Contact Englishes of the Eastern Caribbean, edited by Aceto and Williams. Amsterdam: John Benjamins, 2003.

Latin America and the Caribbean. Race and Ethnicity: An Anthropological Focus on the United States and the World. Edited by Raymond Scupin. Prentice       Hall. 2003.

Caribbean Creole English. Facts About the World's Languages. Edited by J. Garry and C. Rubino. New York: H. W. Wilson. 2001.

Using Creole to teach reading in Carriacou. Language, Blacks & Gypsies: Languages Without a Written Tradition and their Role in Education. Edited by T. Acton and M. Dalphinis. London: Whiting & Birch. 2000.

Reading Creole English does not destroy your brain cells, Pidgins, Creoles, and Nonstandard Dialects in Education, edited by Jeff Siegel.  Applied Linguistics Association of Australia, 1993.

Bilingual aspects of language in a creole community, Bilingualism: Social Issues and Policy Implications, edited by Andrew W. Miracle. Athens: University of Georgia Press, 1983.

Carriacou Creole English: A problem in phonology and morpho-syntax for students of anthropological linguistic field methods, Language Structure Discovery Methods, by M. J. Hardman and Shoko Saito Hamano Gainesville: Mimeo. 1981; revised 1982, 1983, 1987, 1989., 1992.

                       

Articles

 (Forthcoming) Languages in the Caribbean, article-length entry in the forthcoming Facts on File publication The Caribbean.

 (Forthcoming) Echoes of French Creole on Carriacou, to appear in Black Praxis—Special Edition:  Caribbean Soundscapes. Volume 1:3  (Summer-Fall 2007).  Tentative pp. 203 – 213. This is a journal published by the Department of African American Studies at The Ohio University.

Taking the “Broken” out of “Broken English”: Teaching Against Linguistic Prejudice. Paper presented at the 18th Biennial Conference of the Socity for Caribbean Linguistics, Barbados, August 9-13 2010.

How Do You Spell That?: Thoughts on Writing Creoles. Paper presented at the joint meeting of the Society for Caribbean Linguistics and the Society for Pidgin and Creole Linguistics, Cayenne, French Guiana, July 28-31, 2008. Published in the proceedings of the conference.

French Creole on Carriacou: Notes on an Endangered Language. Presented by proxy at the meeting of the Society for Caribbean Linguistics, Roseau, Dominica, August 5-7 2006. {ub;ished in the proceedings of the conference.

Encyclopedia of Anthropology, edited by H. James Birx (Thousand Oaks: Sage Publications, 2006). My entries include a long essay on Language, and shorter entries on Emics, Ethnosemantics, Etics, Generative Grammar, Phonetics, Phonology, Protolanguage, and Universals in Language.

The current campaign in Iraq mirrors a US invasion of 20 years ago. Folio Weekly November 25, 2003, page 79.

 “Dem Wod Mo Saf”: Materials for Reading Creole English, ERIC Clearinghouse on Reading and Communication Skills, Indiana University, Bloomington, Number ED 248, 658. April 1992.

Ecology of Language in Carriacou, Annals of the Southeastern Council on Latin American Studies, VolumeXXIII, March 1992. pp. 110-24.

Creole French in Carriacou, Grenada: Texts and Commentary, Topics in Caribbean Anthropology, a special publication of the Florida Journal of Anthropology, Number 7, volume 16, 1991.

Verbal Categories in Carriacou Creole English, SECOL Review 10:2 (Summer 1986).  pp. 116-130.

 “It have More Soft Words” Carriacou Regatta Programme. Summer 1986.

Genitival Constructions in Two Caribbean Creoles, Florida Journal of Anthropology, 9:2 (1984).

Christmas in Carriacou, Diálogo, newsletter published by the Center for Latin American Studies, University of Florida, November 1979.

                       

Reviews

Dialects, Englishes, Creoles, and Education, edited by Shondel Nero (Lawrence Erlbaum 2006). Language Policy (2008) 7:377–379.

Language in the USA: Themes for the Twenty-first Century, edited by Edward Finegan and John Rickford (Cambridge 2004). Language Policy 6: 1 (March 2007), pp. 189-191.

The Brothers and Sisters Learn to Write: Popular Literacies in Childhood and School Cultures, by Anne Haas Dyson. New York: Teachers College Press, 2003. Journal of Linguistic Anthropology vol. 15 number 2 (December 2005). Pp. 286-287.

Creole Recitations: John Jacob Thomas and Colonial Formation in the Late Nineteenth Century, by Faith Smith. Wadabagei: A Journal of the Caribbean and its Diasporas, Vol. 8 No. 3 (Fall 2005). Pp. 113-16.

Language and Species, by Derek Bickerton. American Journal of Human Biology, Volume 4, Number 3 (1991). pp. 411-13.

Language, Race, and Social Class in Howell’s America by Elsa Nettels. Mississippi Quarterly XLII: 2 (Spring 1989). pp. 211-14.      

The Biology and Evolution of Language, by Philip Lieberman. Florida Journal of Anthropology 13:1-2 (1988). pp. 53-4.

Literacy in Theory and Practice, by Brian V. Street. American Anthropologist 88:4 (December 1986). Pp. 1023-4.

                       


Papers Presented

Taking the “Broken” out of “Broken English”: Teaching Against Linguistic Prejudice. Paper presented at the 18th Biennial Conference of the Socity for Caribbean Linguistics, Barbados, August 9-13 2010.

How Do You Spell That? Thoughts on Writing Creoles. Revision of previous (Cayenne) paper, presented at the annual meetings of the American Anthropological Association, Philadelphia, PA, December 6, 2009.

How Do You Spell That?: Thoughts on Writing Creoles. Paper presented at the joint meeting of the Society for Caribbean Linguistics and the Society for Pidgin and Creole Linguistics, Cayenne, French Guiana, July 28-31, 2008.

French Creole on Carriacou: Notes on an Endangered Language. Presented by proxy at the meeting of the Society for Caribbean Linguistics, Roseau, Dominica, August 5-7 2006.

Ecology of Creole French on Carriacou. Paper presented at the meetings of the Society for Pidgin and Creole Linguistics/Linguistic Society of America, Oakland, CA, Jan. 7-8 2005.

Creole English on Carriacou: A Linguist's Perspective. Paper presented at the III International Conference on Language, Communication, and Development, University of Pinar del Río, Cuba. June 7–12 2002.

Creole English on Carriacou: A Linguist's Perspective. Paper presented at a conference The Islands in Between: Language, Literature, and History of the Eastern Caribbean, sponsored by the University of Puerto Rico and the University of the West Indies. Hillsborough, Carriacou, Grenada. Nov. 19-21, 1999.

Report on a Creole English Reading Experiment. Invited presentation at a seminar on Language, Education and Culture in the Context of the Western Caribbean, sponsored by the Universidad Nacional de Colombia. San Andrés, Colombia. May 20-21, 1999.

 ‘In My Own Native Land’: Language in Eastern Caribbean Folk Music. Paper presented by invitation at the symposium Caribbean Voyage: The Roots of Popular Music in the Eastern Caribbean. Sponsored by the Graduate Program in Ethnomusicology, Hunter College, New York.  February 3, 1999.

A Creole English Reading Experiment. Meeting of the Society for Pidgin and Creole Linguistics, in conjunction with the Linguistic Society of America. Los Angeles. January 8, 1999.

Reading Creole English. Fourth Annual Creole Language Workshop, Florida International University. March 19-21, 1998.

 “Dem Wod Mo Saf”: Writing Creole English on Carriacou. Panel on orthography and the politics of representation, Annual Meetings of the AmericanAnthropological Association, Washington D.C. November 20-24, 1997.

“Dem Wod Mo Saf”: Reading Creole English on Carriacou. Third Annual Creole Language Workshop. Florida International University. March 20-22, 1997.

“Dem Wod Mo Saf”: Materials for Reading Creole English. World Englishes Today, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Read by proxy. April 2-4, 1992.

African-American Nation Songs from Carriacou, Grenada. Symposium on persistence on African heritage in African-American culture. Sponsored by the Gainesville, Florida Department of Cultural and Nature Operations and the Center for African Studies, University of Florida, January 18, 1992.

Ecology of Language in Carriacou.  Meetings of the Southeastern Council on Latin American Studies. Jacksonville, FL. March 1, 1991.

Ships and Sheep: Vowels in Carriacou Creole English. Meetings of the Society of Pidgin and Creole Linguistics. Washington D.C. Read by proxy.  December 1989.

Nostalgia as Repression: Linguistic Overdevelopment in the Caribbean. Panel on The Impact of Language, Literature, and Ideology in the Third World. Seventh Meetings of the Association of Third World Studies. Gainesville, FL. September 30, 1989.

Export English: Toward Redefining the Prestige Language.  Meetings of the Society for Caribbean Linguistics. Nassau, Bahamas, August 26, 1988.

Creole French in the Creole English of Carriacou. XXXVII Meetings of the Southeastern Conference on Linguistics. Memphis, TN. March 26, 1988.

Reading Creole English Does Not Destroy Your Brain Cells. Panel on Standard English as a Second Dialect. Annual Meeting of Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). Miami Beach, FL. April 22, 1987.

Literary Through Creole English: Report on an Applied Project. Society for Applied Anthropology. Oaxaca, Mexico. Read by proxy. April 19, 1987.

Literary Through Creole English: Some Observations from Carriacou. XXXIV Meetings of Southeastern Conference on Linguistics. Auburn, Alabama.  April 1986.

“We Accustom Speaking That Way”: Language and Reading in Grenada. Panel on Grenada Before and After 1983. International Studies Association/South. Columbia, SC. October 1985.

An orthography and sample materials for teaching reading in a Creole-speaking community. Conference on Education in Societies without a Written Tradition, held in London, September 1984. Read by proxy.

Prompted Code-Shifting in Carriacou Creole. Florida Academy of Sciences. Deland, FL. April 1982.

 


Professional Activities

Served as the leader of a team reviewing the Program in Linguistics at the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill (Barbados) Campus.  The Program, which is housed in a Department of Language, Literature, and Linguistics, graduates students at the BA, MA, and PhD levels.  The on-site visit took place in March 2010.

Member, masters committee in anthropology, University of Central Florida, 2009-10.

Member, two doctoral committees, Education, University of Florida, 2006-present.

Member, doctoral committee, Educational Leadership, University of North Florida, 2009.

Member, doctoral committee, Educational Leadership, University of North Florida, 2004.

Member, doctoral committee, Educational Leadership, University of North Florida, 2003.

Chair, session on varieties of French Creole, 18th Biennial Conference of the Society for Caribbean Linguistics, Barbados, WI. August 12, 2010.

Chair, session on various topics in creolistics at the meetings of the Society for Pidgin and Creole Linguistics, Los Angeles, January 1999.

Chair, session on Language and Literature in Belize. Interdisciplinary Conference in Belize, hosted by UNF, March 3, 1995.

Chair, session on Aspects of Cultural Identity; Belize: an Interdisciplinary Conference, hosted by UNF, March 1993.

Ph.D. dissertation and examination committee, Dr. Nick Ciccotosto, Anthropology, University of Florida, 1991.

 


Service

University

Member, UNF Institutional Review Board, January 07-July 2010.

Member, UNF/UFF Collective Bargaining Team, 2005.

Social sciences representative, UNF General Education Council. 2002-04.

Member, UNF University Appeals Committee,  1997-1999 .

Communications Officer, University of North Florida Chapter United Faculty of Florida, 1998-1999.

Vice-President, UNF Chapter of United Faculty of Florida, 1996-1997.

Member, ad hoc committee overseeing the International Studies Program.

Member, ad hoc committee developing courses for proposed ESOL program in

College of Education, Fall 94-Spring 95.

UFF Representative (non-voting) on Teaching Incentive Program Award Committee, Fall 1994.

Grievance Representative, UNF Chapter United Faculty of Florida, thru Fall 1994

Grievance Representative, UNF Chapter United Faculty of Florida, 1994-1995.

Senator, UNF Chapter United Faculty of Florida, 1991-93.

Committee to develop minor/major in International Studies.

UNF Strategic Planning Task Force on Cultural Diversity.

 

College

Member, International Studies Program Steering Committee; ongoing.

Departmental representative, COAS Curriculum Committee, 2005-07

Foreign Culture Committee (chair, 1992- 2001).

College Committee on Cultural Diversity.

Faculty Development Committee.

                       

Department

Sociology and Anthropology:

Coordinator, Anthropology Program (BA), 2007-August 1, 2010.

Search committees, various

Bylaws Committee, 2006

Peer Teaching Evaluation Committees, ongoing

Anthropology Program Committee, 2003-present

 

English and Foreign Languages:

Coordinator, Foreign Language Program, August 1998 through Summer 2003.

Advisory Committee.

Foreign Language Committee.

Foreign Language Search Committees.

Curriculum Committees.

 

Community

Editorial essays

Universities: Special quality is fading. Letter to the Florida Times-Union, February 11, 2003.

School Vouchers: Don't use funds for miseducation. Letter to the Florida Times-Union, October 11, 2001.

Jesse Helms: Senator not principled, letter to Florida Times-Union, Septermber 1, 2001.

Bush should concede. Letter to Florida Times-Union, December 11, 2000.

Shroud of Turin: Cloning replicates genes. Letter to the Florida Times-Union, January 13, 2000.

Forrest High School: General was a war criminal, Florida Times-Union, March 3, 1999.

Grenada: Castro helped Grenadians. Letter to the Florida Times-Union, August 18, 1998.

Cuba: US has selective morality. Letter to the Florida Times-Union, July 23, 1997.

There’s a reason for Ebonics. Opinion column published in The Herald-Mail (Hagerstown,  Maryland), February 2, 1997.

Ebonics: Language of a community is determined culturally, Florida Times-Union. January 13, 1997.

Welfare: Public debate limited by ideology. Florida Times-Union. August 12, 1996.

Growth: Quality of life is diminished. Florida Times-Union. July 23, 1996.

Evolution: Theory is backed by facts. Florida Times-Union. March 15, 1996.

Poverty: Some are assigned at birth. Florida Times Union. November 1, 1995.

Knowledge is continually refined. Florida Times-Union, April 3, 1994.

Haiti: Misconceptions in editorial. Florida Times-Union, April 23, 1993.

Mother-centered families are not the cause of inner-city conditions. Florida Times-Union, May 29, 1992.

Language changes. Gainesville Sun, March 11, 1988.

We failed to learn lesson from Grenada. Guest column in The Independent Florida Alligator, December 6, 1985.

State system relatively new. Gainesville Sun, November 7, 1985.

Neanderthals don’t steal. Gainesville Sun, July 20, 1985.

Grenada needed help earlier. Gainesville Sun, October 26, 1984.