Vellutino Named Distinguished Professor

Albany, NY (June 3, 2011) - Frank Vellutino has been awarded the rank of Distinguished Professor by the State University of New York (SUNY) Board of Trustees.

Frank VellutinoThe Distinguished Professorship is a system-wide recognition of the scholarship of SUNY’s most exceptional and accomplished faculty.  It is bestowed upon those who have achieved national or international distinction and a prominent reputation within a chosen field.

Dr. Vellutino is an internationally renowned scholar whose 40-year career has informed the work of researchers on issues related to literacy development, particularly understanding and supporting the struggling reader.  In more than 70 journal articles and 140 professional presentations and a book still considered by many the definitive text of his area, Vellutino has produced a widely cited—often seminal—literature informing researchers of reading, dyslexia, human development, cognition, psychology, linguistics, instruction, special education, and neuroscience.  Appointed to two departments at UAlbany—the School of Education’s Educational and Counseling Psychology, and the College of Arts and Sciences’ Department of Psychology—and director of the Child Research and Study Center, Vellutino has contributed immensely to the intellectual standing of the State University of New York and to the intellectual life of academics and students in Albany, across New York, and around the world. 

Robert Bangert-Drowns, dean of the School of Education, remarked, “Frank Vellutino is not only an extraordinarily productive scholar, but a transformative one, changing more than once how scholars and educators understand and aid the struggling reader.”  Said Educational and Counseling Psychology department chair, Kevin Quinn, “While [Frank] continues to be ambitious, goal-directed and productive, he is likewise generous and collaborative. He shares his extensive expertise willingly and selflessly… He’s a great colleague.”

Dr. Vellutino has been principal investigator or co-investigator in 15 funded projects awarded $16 million.  He has served on the editorial boards of 13 journals and on numerous advisory groups, including the National Reading Study Panel, the advisory committee for the national Reading First program, and the NYS English Language Arts (ELA) Standards Revision Research Experts Team. He is recipient of UAlbany’s Award for Excellence in Research, an award from the Special Education Research Special Interest Group of the American Educational Research Association for “important and lasting contributions” to research in special education, and a “Friend of Reading” Award from the New York State Reading Association.

In 2010, Vellutino received the honor of induction into the international Reading Hall of Fame.  Induction into the Reading Hall of Fame requires at least 25 years of active involvement in the field of reading, broad and high regard in the profession, and significant contributions to research, leadership, and service. 

Vellutino is currently working with principal investigator Lynn Gelzheiser and other School of Education colleagues on a $3.1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences, for research aimed at assisting struggling readers. The four-year project will investigate the effectiveness of the Interactive Strategies Approach-Extended (ISA-X) as a small group reading intervention for intermediate-grade struggling readers.

Read the University at Albany News Release.