Jeanne S. Chall Visiting Scholar


The Jeanne S. Chall Visiting Scholar position honors the late Jeanne S. Chall, who served as a professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Her seminal work on reading research and instruction influenced scholarship on the teaching of reading in schools and universities throughout the country.

This Visiting Scholar is an appointed, non-full-time position (sponsored by the HGSE Librarian and Director of Gutman Library) and provided a grant award, which funds research travel to the Harvard Graduate School of Education for use of Gutman Library’s Jeanne S. Chall Collection on the Teaching of Reading.

Hiatus and Future Award Status

From 2018-19, the award process was on hiatus while the Chall Collection was unavailable for use due to Gutman Library construction. Due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, personnel changes, and Gutman Library's ongoing renovations (including relocation of all collections), the award has been placed on an extended hiatus, with the next Visiting Scholar selection postponed to an indefinite date. If circumstances allow, we hope that the award selection process will be announced in fall 2024, with the application process to take place in early spring 2025. In that case, the 2025-26 Visiting Scholar will be able to visit and begin research as soon as summer 2025. N.B. Prior to 2020, the award was titled Visiting Researcher. Contact Alex Hodges for inquiries.


2018-19; 2019-20; 2020-21; 2021-22; 2022-23; 2023-24; 2024-25: Not awarded.

2017-18: Patricia Edwards, Professor, Department of Teacher Education, College of Education, Michigan State University.

2016-17: Laura Tortorelli, Assistant Professor, Department of Teacher Education, College of Education, Michigan State University.

2015-16: Peter Dewitz, Assistant Professor, College of Education, Mary Baldwin University.

2014-15: Catherine Compton-Lilly, Associate Professor in Curriculum and Instruction, School of Education, University of Wisconsin Madison.

2013-14: Linda Liss-Bronstein, Literacy and Professional Development Coach, Ramon E. Betances Early Reading Lab School, Hartford Public Schools.

2012-13: Caroline Mark, Research Associate, Center for Educational Testing and Evaluation, University of Kansas.

2011-12: Gloria Ramírez, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Human, Social, and Educational Development, Thompson Rivers University (British Columbia, Canada).

2010-11: Katherine Stahl, Assistant Professor of Literacy and Director of Literacy Clinic, Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, New York University.

2009-10: Peggy Semingson, Assistant Professor, College of Education, University of Texas at Arlington.

2008-09: Julianne Scott, Research Associate, Centre for Child Studies, University of Waterloo.

2007-08: Caitlin Dillon, Post-Doctoral Fellow. Haskins Laboratory, Yale University.