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Education Faculty Honored for Contribution to Literacy

Released: 11/12/13

Dr. Doris Walker-DalhouseOn November 2, 2013, the Association of Literacy Educators and Researchers (ALER) presented College of Education faculty member Dr. Doris Walker-Dalhouse with the Albert J. Mazurkiewicz Special Services Award. The award, recognizing her significant contributions to ALER, was presented during the organization’s annual conference held in Dallas, Texas.

"Dr. Walker-Dalhouses's recognition by the Association of Literacy Educators and Researchers represents a fitting note of appreciation for leadership performed in service to this esteemed professional organization," remarks Dean Bill Henk. "More broadly, it represents a notable source of pride for the College of Education."

Dr. Walker-Dalhouse, currently a professor in the Department of Educational Policy and Leadership, has has held a variety of leadership positions with ALER, beginning in 2003. Her work has included a position as co-chair of the Membership and Conference Committees, reviewer for Literacty Research & Instruction, and Editorial Advisory Board Member. She has also presented at the ALER conference for over 10 years.

"Service to one’s professional community is to me a means of professional and personal fulfillment," Walker-Dalhouse says. "According to Mahatma Gandhi, 'The best way to find yourself is in the service of others.' I am fortunate that I have had the opportunity to develop as a professional through the numerous opportunities to serve literacy organizations at the international, national, state, and local levels. 

"Receiving this award is a tremendous honor as I join past recipients like Dean Henk, who received the award in 2003," she continues. "The fact that the award recognizes the contributions of Albert J. Mazurkiewicz, founder and past president of the organization and recognized scholar in the field of reading, makes the award all the more meaningful to me."

ALER, formerly known as the College Reading Association, works to: promote standards and competency within the literacy educator and researcher profession;stimulate the self-development and professional growth of teachers and reading specialists at all educational levels; encourage the continuing improvement of college and university curricula and encourage preparation programs for teachers and reading specialists; and encourage the continuing improvement of administrative, clinical, diagnostic, and instructional practices related to the learning process.

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