Goatley Honored with 2014 University at Albany Excellence Award

Albany, NY (March 18, 2014) - Dr. Virginia (Ginny) Goatley, professor and chair of the Department of Reading, was selected recipient of a 2014 University at Albany Excellence in Academic Service Award.

The campus community will celebrate the accomplishments of Dr. Goatley and her award-winning colleagues at the University's public ceremony and reception on March 25. Each year, the University at Albany honors special members of its community with Excellence Awards denoting exceptional contributions to the life of the campus.

Dr. Goatley's primary research interest is preventing reading and writing difficulties for children. Her research focuses on teacher preparation and professional development that supports effective classroom practice, including the accreditation and assessment of teacher preparation. In collaboration with colleagues at the Child Research and Study Center, she is co-investigator for two recent federally funded grants through IES and FIPSE, focused on the literacy coursework in teacher preparation programs, with a special emphasis on meeting the needs of all learners. In her earlier project with National Research Center for English Learning and Achievement (CELA), she studied the integration of literacy and social studies across the elementary grades.

Dr. Goatley served as vice dean in the School of Education (2008-09). As associate dean for professional studies (2003-08), she led the effort toward successful accreditation of the UAlbany Teacher Education Program via the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC). In addition, she coordinated the "Undergraduate Pathways" for all undergraduate students participating in the educational studies minor. She is a regular participant in national and state-wide efforts for teacher education. In 2011-12, she served as director of research for the International Reading Association.

Dr. Goatley is currently a member of the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) IB Commission, the CAEP Standards Committee, and the International Reading Association's Literacy Reading Panel. Her publications have appeared in several journals including, Reading Research Quarterly, Reading and Writing Quarterly, Language Arts, Language and Literacy Spectrum, Reading Research and Instruction, and Journal of Educational Research. She is co-author of Engaging Elementary Students in Disciplinary Learning and Literacy (TC Press, in press) and co-editor of The Book Connection: Literacy Learning and Classroom Talk (TC Press/IRA, 1997).