Jerry Johns Outstanding Teacher Educator in Reading Award

The International Literacy Association will present a US$1,000 award annually to honor an outstanding college or university teacher of reading methods or reading-related courses. This award is supported by Jerry Johns.


Candidates must be

  • An ILA member
  • Affiliated with a college or university and engaged in teacher preparation in reading at the undergraduate and/or graduate level
  • A knowledgeable professional—one who knows the field of reading and who keeps current in research and practice
  • An innovative teacher—one who initiates and teaches outstanding courses and programs in reading education
  • A leader in the field of reading—one who serves the profession and assumes leadership positions in appropriate college, school, community, and/or professional organizations
  • A role model/mentor—one who inspires and instructs students/teachers to their full potential and supports their development
  • A disseminator—one who researches, publishes, and promotes effective practices beyond his/her own campus
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Submission deadline is January 15, 2018

Nominee Information

Nominator Information


The application must include the following items: 

  • Short vita which includes educational background, credentials/certifications, academic, professional and community contributions, including selected publications and honors
  • Vision statement prepared by the nominee (2 to 3 pages), which includes beliefs and practices in educating teachers
  • Representative syllabus
  • Five (5) letters of recommendation. At least one should come from a student; others should be from colleagues or supervisors with knowledge of the candidate's teaching

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Additional Information

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