Education Professor Awarded 2014 Jerry Johns Promising Researcher Award

October 14, 2014

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CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Dr. Chase Young, Assistant Professor in the Department of Educational Leadership, Curriculum and Instruction at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, has been named the 2014 recipient of the Jerry Johns Promising Researcher Award by the Association of Literacy Educators & Researchers (ALER).

This annual award was established by Jerry Johns and ALER to honor and support research by a junior ALER member whose work is beyond the dissertation stage. The award recognizes research that addresses significant questions for reading and literacy and extends understanding of its development, assessment, and/or instruction from early childhood to adult level. The award will be presented at the annual Awards Breakfast at the ALER conference in Delray Beach, Fla., on Saturday, Nov.  1.

Young joined the Department of Educational Leadership, Curriculum and Instruction at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi in fall 2013. Prior to this, Young was a reading specialist and elementary school teacher in Texas and Colorado school districts for eight years.

His primary research interests include reading fluency, supporting struggling readers, and integrating technology in elementary literacy instruction. He has published more than 20 articles and book chapters for teachers and researchers. In 2014, Young co-authored his first book for Shell Education, a company that creates supplemental educational resources, titled “Readers Theater Scripts: Texas History.” He is currently drafting his next book titled, “Teaching, Learning, and Knowing.” He is also the Editor of the Journal of Teacher Action Research.

Young received his Ph.D. in Reading Education from the University of North Texas, where he was named the 2011 Outstanding Doctoral Student in Reading Education.