Silverman Endowed Professorship Awarded to Dr. Chase Young

Published: July 06, 2015

Silverman Endowed Professorship Awarded to Dr. Chase Young

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 received the Barbara Gail Silverman Endowed Professorship in Literacy for his work in improving literacy in our community. The endowment is valued at $100,000.

Silverman, who was an Islander alumna and active member of the Corpus Christi community, was a much loved and esteemed public and school librarian. She passed away in 2012.

“This endowed professorship will allow Texas A&M-Corpus Christi to attract and retain the highest-quality faculty in the discipline of literacy,” said Dr. Flavius Killebrew, University President and CEO. “We firmly believe, as Mrs. Silverman did, that literacy and education are the foundation for strong families and a strong community. We are grateful for this generous gift.”

At an intimate luncheon held on Tuesday, June 30, Young was able to meet, for the first time, the Silverman family, and thank them for their generosity to Texas A&M University- Corpus Christi.

“Our goal as educators is not to seek honors, so it feels surreal to be recognized for my work,” stated Young. “With the help of my esteemed colleagues, I would like this professorship to positively impact young readers in our community and beyond.”

Silverman was a pioneer in developing early childhood reading programs, and was a firm believer that reading opened children up to a world full of excitement and knowledge.

“Our family believes strongly in literacy. My mom always read to us, and she always read to her grandchildren,” said Dr. Gregg Silverman, Barbara Silverman’s son. “If she were here today, she would be excited by all of this. Literacy and education were her vision, where she thought she made a difference.”

The family hopes their gift not only encourages advancement in academics, but also keeps Barbara’s memory alive.

“Mrs. Silverman is certainly an inspiration. She viewed children’s literature as a precious gift and she shared it with everyone,” stated Young. “I try humbly to keep her legacy alive.”

Young dedicates much of his time reading to kids at local schools. He also attends PTA meetings and shares tips on how parents can motivate their children to read.

Young currently teaches a dozen classes at the Island University such as “Principals and Practices of Reading Instruction” and “Diagnosis and Correction of Reading Difficulties” and conducts research on reading fluency, supporting struggling readers, and integrating technology in elementary literacy instruction. He has published more than 30 articles and book chapters for teachers and researchers.