ILA William S. Gray Citation of Merit

The most prestigious award in the field, the ILA William S. Gray Citation of Merit is a nonmonetary award reserved for those ILA members who have made outstanding contributions to multiple facets of literacy development—research, theory, practice, and policy.


  • Must be an ILA member
  • Outstanding contributions in a leadership role in the field of reading/literacy
  • Excellent influence on students, teachers, colleagues, children, and parents through instruction, lectures, writings, research
  • Outstanding contributions of a highly original kind in the field of reading theory; outstanding contributions in the field of methods and/or media
  • Initiation and development of original ideas that have increased knowledge and understanding of the reading process and/or improved practices in reading instruction and development
  • Selfless dedication and tireless efforts, encouragement and inspiration, unassuming devotion; service as a prophet in furthering the development of the field of reading
  • Outstanding contributions to the design and implementation of reading courses; outstanding lectures, over a long period, for reading professionals
  • The production of definitive material or important restructuring of existing material with exhaustive coverage of the given field. Outstanding contributions from the point of view of communication—brilliant pedagogy in print and digital formats
  • Superior service in several important capacities in reading (e.g., as teacher, scholar, researcher, psychologist, linguist, supervisor, author, lecturer, critic, administrator, counselor, or clinician)
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Submission deadline is January 15, 2018

Nominee Information

Nominator Information


The application must include the following items:

  • Rationale for recommending this person, including description of candidate's contributions to reading theory and/or research, reading practice, publications, service to the profession, and service to the International Literacy Association
  • Candidate’s professional vita (maximum of 3 pages)

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