IRA William S. Gray Citation of Merit

The IRA William S. Gray Citation of Merit is awarded to a nationally or internationally known person for outstanding contributions to the field of reading.


IRA William S. Gray Citation of Merit Application 

For additional information, contact committees@reading.org

Submission deadline: November 15, 2014

Award Recipients

2013
Timothy Shanahan

Timothy Shanahan is Distinguished Professor of urban education at the University of Illinois at Chicago where he is Director of the Center for Literacy and chair of the Department of Curriculum and Instruction. He is a principal investigator on the National Title I Study of Implementation and Outcomes: Early Childhood Language Development. Professor Shanahan was director of reading for the Chicago Public Schools. His research emphasizes reading-writing relationships, reading assessment, and improving reading achievement. He is immediate past president of the International Reading Association. In 2006, he was appointed by President George W. Bush to serve on the Advisory Board of the National Institute for Literacy. He was inducted to the Reading Hall of Fame in 2007.
2012
Brian Cambourne
2011
Linda Gambrell
2010
Dorothy S. Strickland
2009
Lesley Mandel Morrow
2008
Elfrieda Hiebert
2007
Richard L. Allington
2006
Donna Alvermann
2005
Renate Valtin
2004
Steven A. Stahl
2003
Robert Tierney
2002
Isabel L. Beck
2001
Irene Gaskins
2000
Rebecca Barr
1999
—Not Given—
1998
David R. Olson
1997
Sam Weintraub
1996
Eve Malmquist
1995
Marie M. Clay
1994
Ira E. Aaron
1993
Anthony V. Manzo
1992
Richard C. Anderson
1991
Robert B. Ruddell
1990
P. David Pearson
1989
Harold L. Herber
1988
Dolores Durkin
1987
S. Jay Samuels
1986
Kenneth S. Goodman
1985
Leo Fay
1984
Roger Farr
1983
Margaret J. Early
1982
William K. Durr
1981
George Spache
1980
A. Sterl Artley
1979
Jeanne S. Chall
1978
Mildred A. Dawson
1977
Lynette Saine Gaines & Nancy Larrick
1976
Theodore L. Harris
1975
Mary C. Austin
1974
William D. Sheldon
1973
Edgar Dale
1972
Guy L. Bond
1971
Emmett Albert Betts
1970
Donald D. Durrell
1969
Helen M. Robinson
1968
Albert J. Harris
1967
Constance M. McCullough
1966
Gertrude Whipple
1965
Nila Banton Smith
1964
Paul A. Witty
1963
Guy Thomas Buswell, Gerald Alan Yoakam, and Miles A. Tinker
1962
James M. McCallister & Ruth Strang
1961
Arthur I. Gates
1959-1960
—Not Given—
1958
William S. Gray
1957
Donald L. Cleland
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