Johnston Honored with 2013 SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence

Albany, NY (June 11, 2013) – Peter Johnston, Reading, has been awarded the State University Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities.

SUNY presents these honors annually to individuals within the SUNY community to “acknowledge and provide system-wide recognition for consistently superior professional achievement and to encourage the ongoing pursuit of excellence."


Dr. Johnston, professor and immediate past chair in the Reading Department, has published eight books and numerous articles in the most highly regarded journals in literacy and educational research. His most recent books are Opening minds: Using language to change lives (2012, Stenhouse), Choice words: How our language affects children’s learning (2004, Stenhouse), Critical literacy/critical teaching: Tools for preparing responsive teachers (2006, Teachers College Press, with Cheryl Dozier & Rebecca Rogers), Reading to learn: Lessons from exemplary fourth grade classrooms (2002, Guilford, with Richard Allington), Running records: A self-tutoring guide (2000, Stenhouse), and Knowing literacy (1997, Stenhouse).


Johnston chaired the International Reading Association and National Council of Teachers of English Joint Task Force on Assessment that produced the position monograph Standards for the assessment of reading and writing. The International Reading Association awarded him the Outstanding Dissertation award in 1981, and in 1987 the Albert J. Harris Award for his contribution to the understanding of reading disability. In 1996, the Educational Press Association recognized one of his articles as the Outstanding Learned Article.

Dr. Johnston’s current work investigates literacy assessment, the consequences of teaching practices for the kind of literacy children acquire, how teachers and students build productive learning communities, and the process of building critical inquiry into literacy teacher education. Dr. Johnston formerly worked as an elementary classroom teacher and as a reading teacher, and he currently serves on the editorial boards of several journals.