ILA 2025 Jerry Johns Outstanding Teacher Educator in Reading Award Nomination Form

The International Literacy Association (ILA) Jerry Johns Outstanding Teacher Educator in Reading Award is a US$1,000 award honoring an outstanding college or university teacher of reading methods or reading-related courses.

Sponsored by Jerry Johns


  • Nominees must be affiliated with a college or university and currently engaged in teacher preparation in reading at the undergraduate and/or graduate level.
  • Nominees must be knowledgeable professionals who know the field of reading and keep current in research and practice.
  • Nominees must be innovative teachers who initiate and teach outstanding courses and programs in reading education.
  • Nominees must be leaders in the field of reading who serve the profession and assume leadership positions in appropriate college, school, community, and/or professional organizations.
  • Nominees must be role models/mentors who inspire and instruct students/teachers to their full potential and support their development.
  • Nominees must be disseminators who research, publish, and promote effective practices beyond their own campus.

To be eligible, a candidate must be an ILA member in good standing and maintain active membership through June 30, 2026.


Candidates may self-nominate or be nominated by a colleague or members of the Jerry Johns Outstanding Teacher Educator in Reading Award Committee. Supporting documentation is required and may be supplied in the body of the form, as a PDF attachment, or by linking to relevant material (such as a CV) provided that the source is reputable and up to date.

Please note that candidates who have been nominated by a colleague are no longer required to complete a separate application.

Once submitted, nominations remain active for a total of three (3) years. Should a candidate be nominated more than once, each individual nomination will still expire three (3) years after it was first submitted.

All nominations must be received by February 3, 2025, at 11:59 p.m. ET. Submissions received after this date will be held for consideration the following award year. Applicants will be notified of the results before June 30, 2025.


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Note: To be eligible for consideration, nominees must be an ILA member in good standing and maintain active membership in ILA through June 30, 2026. Member status will be verified during the review process.


Rationale for Nomination (Please provide a short description (500 words or less) of the nominee’s outstanding college or university teaching experience and how they are serving the literacy profession).
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Please submit at least two of the following:

Five letters of recommendation, with at least one from a student, and others from colleagues or supervisors with knowledge of the candidate's teaching

I confirm that I have attached at least two of the required documents (vision statement, representative syllabus, five letters of recommendation). *


Relationship to Nominee *
I acknowledge that the information provided is accurate and complete. *

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