Department of Reading

Peter Johnston Honored with Inaugural Scholarly Influence Award

Dr. Peter Johnston received the P. David Pearson Scholarly Influence Award from the Literacy Research Association for his 2004 book, Choice Words.

Dr. Johnston is the first recipient of the award which was established in 2012 and honors an author of a work that has a positive and lasting influence on literacy practices and policies.  He was presented with the award at the Literacy Research Association's 63rd Annual Conference in December.

This award is given in P. David Pearson's name to acknowledge the impact that he has had on the literacy field and to acknowledge other scholars whose research has had a similar effect.  Dr. Pearson is a professor in Language and Literacy and Human Development and former dean at the Graduate School of Education at the University of California, Berkeley. 

Cheryl Dozier Honored with Teacher Educator Award

Albany, NY (May 8, 2013) - Cheryl Dozier, associate professor in Reading, received the 2013 Jerry Johns Outstanding Teacher Educator in Reading Award from the International Reading Association (IRA).

This award honors an outstanding university instructor of reading methods or related courses. Dr. Dozier was presented with the award at the IRA’s annual convention in San Antonio, TX in April.

Donna Scanlon is recipient of the IRA Albert J. Harris Award

Congratulations to Dr. Donna Scanlon! Along with her colleagues in the Child Research and Study Center, she is a recipient of the IRA Albert J. Harris Award. The award is for the article, Effects of the Interactive Strategies Approach—Extended: A Response and Comprehensive Intervention for Intermediate-Grade Struggling Readers, published in The Elementary School Journal, 112(2), 280-306, December 2011.

 Dr. Scanlon is a professor in the Reading Department at the University at Albany. Her research has focused on children who experience difficulty in learning to read and on the roles of instruction and intervention in reducing such difficulties. In her most recent work, the focus has been on enhancing teachers’ ability to identify and address the needs of children who struggle with literacy learning. Her research has been supported by grants from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development and the Institute of Education Sciences at the United States Department of Education. She has published several chapters and articles on the characteristics of children who struggle with literacy acquisition and on intervention for children who struggle. Her recent book entitled Early Intervention for Reading Difficulties: The Interactive Strategies Approach describes the successful intervention approach utilized in her school-based studies. Dr. Scanlon currently serves on the International Reading Association’s Response to Intervention Task Force.

Peter Johnston is recipient of the SUNY Chancellors Award

Congratulations to Dr. Peter Johnston! He is the recipient of the SUNY Chancellors Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities. This is quite a honor for his long-term research and scholarly contributions!