Jeanne S. Chall Lecture
The annual Jeanne S. Chall Lecture honors Jeanne Chall’s enormous contributions to the field of reading research and instruction and influence on the teaching of reading for generations of teachers and their students. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and Gutman Library renovation priorities, no lectures were held from 2020-2023. We aim to re-start the Chall Lecture series in time for fall 2024, with the selection process slated for spring 2024.
2020 - 2023: No Lecture Held.
2019 (September 19): Julie Washington, Chair and Professor, Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, College of Education & Human Development, Georgia State University. "Language is Access."
2018 (September 20): Peter Afflerbach, Professor, Department of Teaching and Learning, Policy and Leadership, College of Education, University of Maryland, College Park. "Teaching Readers, Not Reading: Addressing Students' Individual Differences." (Recording available.)
2017 (September 27): Margaret "Moddy" McKeown, Clinical Professor, Department of Instruction and Learning, School of Education, University of Pittsburgh. "Stealth Aspects of Vocabulary Learning." (Recording available.)
2016 (September 29): Donald J. Leu, Professor, Neag School of Education, University of Connecticut. "Reading in New Ways for New Times: Issues for Theory, Research, and Practice." (EdCast Interview available; Recording available.)
2015 (October 8): P. David Pearson, Professor, Graduate School of Education, University of California at Berkeley. “Theory and Practice in Reading Comprehension: Reflections on a Half Century of Work." (Recording available.)
2014 (October 2): Alfred Tatum, Dean and Director of the UIC Reading Clinic, College of Education, University of Illinois at Chicago. “Advancing the Literacy Development of African American Boys.”
2013 (October 9): Nell K. Duke, Professor of Language, Literacy, and Culture, School of Education, University of Michigan. “Shifts in Practice to Promote Achievement in the Era of the Common Core State Standards.”
2012 (October 25): Robert Jiménez, Professor in the Department of Teaching and Learning, Peabody College, Vanderbilt University. “Optimal Outfitting: The Continuing Relevance of Culturally Responsive Instruction.” (Recording available.)
2011 (October 20): Elizabeth Birr Moje, Arthur F. Thurnau Professor, School of Education, University of Michigan. “Teaching Literacy Navigations.”
2010 (October 21): Donald Deshler, Director of the Center for Research on Learning and Professor of Special Education, School of Education, University of Kansas. “Moving the Needle on Adolescent Literacy.”
2010 (February 25): Elfrieda H. Hiebert, Professor of Cognition and Development, Graduate School of Education, University of California at Berkeley. “Changing Readers, Changing Texts: 1960 to 2010.”
2008 (October 23): Dorothy S. Strickland, Professor of Education, Graduate School of Education, Rutgers University. “The Literacy Achievement Gap: Research Evidence for Policy and Practice."
2007 (October 25): Charles A. Perfetti, Professor of Psychology & Director, Learning Research and Development Center, University of Pittsburgh. "Beyond Decoding: The Centrality of Word Knowledge to Reading Skill.”
2006 (March 7): Andrew Biemiller, Professor Emeritus, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto. “Words Worth Teaching and Where They Came From."
2005 (April 7): Robert C. Calfee, Professor Emeritus and Dean Emeritus, Graduate School of Education, University of California at Riverside. “Assessing Literacy: Exploring the Reader’s Mind and Heart.”