Education professor recognized at reading conference

Posted August 07, 2013

Dr. Andrew Huddleston, associate professor of teacher education, was recognized at the International Reading Association (IRA) annual conference earlier this year as a finalist for the IRA Dissertation of the Year Award. His dissertation was chosen based on quality of scholarship and the significance of his research on the field of reading.  

"We're proud to see a member of our faculty recognized by an organization of this caliber,” says Dr. Sheila Delony, associate professor of education. “Andrew already has an impressive record of scholarship and is sure to make a lasting impact in the area of literacy education.”

Huddleston’s dissertation analyzes how students, parents, teachers and administrators in the Georgia school system are responding to a test-based grade retention policy, whereby students must pass a standardized reading test to continue to the next grade level.

“I was surprised and humbled to learn that my dissertation had been recognized as one of ten finalists for the International Reading Association’s Dissertation of the Year Award,” says Huddleston. “It was a wonderful recognition of four long, difficult years of doctoral work at the University of Georgia, and it gives me great excitement as I make plans to continue this line of research at Abilene Christian.”

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