Barbara Louise Trudell, Ph.D.

Senior Literacy and Education Consultant


  • Ph.D., International Education, University of Edinburgh, Scotland, 2004
  • M.A., Interdisciplinary Studies (applied linguistics and education), University of Texas at Arlington, 1991
  • B.Sc.( magna cum laude), Chemistry, Houghton College, New York, 1979

Current positions

  • Certified Senior Literacy and Education Consultant, SIL International, 2012–
  • Director of Research and Advocacy, SIL Africa Area, 2010–

Other professional experience and service

  • SIL International Board of Directors, 1996–2012
  • SIL International Literacy and Education Consultant, 2005–2011
  • Director of Academic Affairs, SIL Africa Area, 2004–2010
  • Instructor, International Perspectives on Education and Training, University of Edinburgh, 2003–2004
  • Director, Women Organized for Reading and Development (WORD), 2000–2001
  • Literacy programs coordinator, SIL Africa Area, 1993–2000
  • Literacy programs coordinator, SIL Peru Branch, 1991–1992
  • Instructor, English Composition for International Students, University of Texas at Arlington, 1989–1991
  • Literacy programs administrator, SIL Peru Branch, 1986–1989
  • Instructor, Literacy and applied linguistics, University of Texas at Arlington, 1985–1986
  • Literacy facilitator, Huanca Quechua language community, SIL Peru Branch, 1982–1984

Professional memberships

  • Comparative and International Education Society, 2010–

Global Literacy Special Interest Group co-chair, 2012–

  • Association of Reading of Kenya Advisory Board, 2012– 
  • International Reading Association, 1985–

Language and Literacy Learners Committee, 2010–

  • Multilingual Education Network of Eastern Africa, Steering Group, 2006–
  • Mother Tongue Based-MultiLingual Education Network Advisory Committee, 2012–

Language proficiencies

  • English: ILR 5
  • Spanish: ILR 4
  • French: ILR 1+

Research projects

2013. Study of orthography reform and local-language reading instruction among Maasai communities of Kenya

2012. Collaboration with RTI (response to intervention) and SIL researchers in Kenya, studying the outcomes and implications of early grade reading assessment in Kenyan primary schools

2010. Study of seven primary education alternative programs being implemented by government and non-government sponsors in Burkina Faso

2008. Study of the context, processes and outcomes of local-language adult literacy programs in five language communities of Senegal

2002–2003. Study of primary education and language maintenance in three language communities of Northwest Cameroon, Ph.D. work

1988–1989. Evaluation of the SIL/Ministry of Education bilingual education program in the Peruvian rainforest, M.A. work

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