Two African American Women Honored by the International Reading Association

The International Reading Association will honor two African American scholars at its annual meeting in Chicago which convenes at the end of April.

Patricia A. Edwards, Distinguished Professor of Teacher Education at Michigan State University, has been elected into the Reading Hall of Fame of the International Reading Association. Professor Edwards is only the second African American scholar to be elected into the Reading Hall of Fame, which has just over 100 living members.

Professor Edwards is the author of the award-winning book, Change Is Gonna Come: Transforming Literacy Education for African American Students. She is a graduate of Albany State University and holds a master’s degree from North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro and a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin.

Charline Barnes Rowland, an associate professor at West Virginia University was selected to receive the 2012 Jerry Johns Outstanding Teacher Educator in Reading award from the International Reading Association.

Dr. Rowland received a doctorate in curriculum and instruction from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. She earned a master’s degree in reading education from George Washington University and a bachelor’s degree in English education and psychology from Syracuse University.

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