Jerry Johns Outstanding Teacher Educator in Reading Award

The International Literacy Association (ILA) 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.


  • Opens week of November 15, 2020
  • Closes March 15, 2021
  • Applicants are notified of the results via email by the end of June 2021


  • Nominees must have a current ILA membership.
  • Nominees must be affiliated with a college or university and 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 who 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.

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* Required Information


If you are nominating yourself, please fill out this section with your own information.


The following materials should be uploaded as individual documents. Failure to upload all items will result in your application being unsubmitted.

  • Short curriculum vitae that includes educational background; credentials/certifications; academic, professional, and community contributions; and any selected publications and honors
  • Vision statement prepared by the nominee (two to three pages), which includes beliefs and practices in educating teachers
  • Representative syllabus
  • Five letters of recommendation, with at least one from a student, and others from colleagues or supervisors with knowledge of the candidate's teaching

To upload your files, please select Choose File to locate your document in your files and then select Open to attach to the form. Please note that PDFs are preferred.

If you are unable to upload files, please send documents via email to


Indicate whether you are the nominee or nominator *
If you indicated that you are the nominator, has the individual been notified that they have been nominated?
If you answered YES in the above question, does the nominee gives permission for the committee to contact people who have provided documentation should additional information be required?

Has the nominee/applicant been nominated for or applied for another ILA award this year?


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