Board of Directors
Alan B. Teasley holds B.A., M.A.T., and Ph.D. degrees from UNC–Chapel Hill. The Durham native recently completed a three-year stint as director of Duke’s Master of Arts in Teaching Program. For most of his career he worked in the Durham Public Schools—first as a high school English and drama teacher and later as central office coordinator of secondary curriculum, professional development, and grants administration.
His first experience with the Center for Documentary Studies was as the Durham schools’ point of contact for the Literacy Through Photography project. Teasley joined the CDS Board of Directors in 1999. Since 2003, he has volunteered as a member of the selection committee of the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival. He also helped to design Full Frame’s Teach the Teachers workshop. In 2016, he was Full Frame’s Advocate Award recipient.
He has also served on the boards of the Southern Documentary Fund (president, 2014–15) and the Friends of the Durham County Library (president, 2015–16). He is coauthor of Reel Conversations: Reading Films with Young Adults (Heinemann Boynton/Cook, 1997). His articles on using film in the classroom have appeared in English Journal, The Iowa English Bulletin, Media and Methods, Telemedium, and The ALAN Review. With various colleagues, he has presented more than twenty conference workshops on using media in the classroom.