WRITER: KARYN CARINE
CONTACT: STEPHEN PRADARELLI
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0007; fax (319) 384-0024
Release: Oct. 4, 2000
UI assistant professor is named Spencer Postdoctoral Fellow
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The National Academy of Education has selected Cynthia
Lewis, an assistant professor in the University of Iowa College of Education
who teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in the Language, Literacy,
and Culture Program, to be a 2000-2001 Spencer Postdoctoral Fellow.
The fellowship recognizes Lewis, who has worked at the UI for four years,
for her contributions as a teacher and researcher of developing educational
practices. Selected from among more than 200 applicants, Lewis was awarded
a $45,000 grant to assist her in her current research project, "Critical
Engagement: Multicultural Texts in a Rural Context."
The National Academy of Education established the postdoctoral fellowship
in 1986 as a means of enhancing the future of research in education by supporting
early-career scholars who demonstrate the potential to make significant contributions
with their research.
Fellowship applicants are judged based on past research contributions and
a research project proposal.
Lewis is currently working on several research projects that she says focus
on the social and political dimensions of selecting, interpreting and teaching
multicultural literature and on the social practices surrounding the use of
Internet communication among early adolescents.
Lewis has published numerous articles featured in educational journals and
has written a book, Social Acts: Literary Practices in a Fifth/Sixth-Grade
Classroom. She is also a past recipient of the NCTE Promising Researcher Award
and a finalist for the International Reading Association's Outstanding Dissertation