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June 7, 2005

DiPardo Elected Fellow Of National Language And Literacy Conference

Anne DiPardo, a professor in the University of Iowa College of Education's department of Curriculum and Instruction, has been elected a fellow of the National Conference on Research in Language and Literacy (NCRLL).

Founded in 1932, the NCRLL is a professional organization dedicated to furthering research in the teaching and learning of language and literacies. The NCRLL executive board elects two fellows each year, based on their outstanding research contributions in those areas. The other elected fellow is Melanie Sperling, an associate professor of education in the University of California-Riverside's Graduate School of Education.

Nominees must submit two letters of nomination written by current fellows, must be NCRLL members in good standing for the past three years and must make outstanding contributions to research and scholarship in language and literacy.

DiPardo earned an Ed.D. in education in language and literacy from the University of California-Berkeley before joining the UI College of Education faculty in 1991. That same year DiPardo received the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) Promising Research Award, and in 2000 she received the Conference on English Education's Richard A. Meade Award for her book "Teaching in Common," which describes the work of several collaborative teaching teams in Midwestern schools.

In 2003 DiPardo -- along with Sperling of UC-Riverside -- began five-year terms as co-editors of the NCTE's 4,000-circulation research journal Research in the Teaching of English (RTE), a position in which the pair forwards submitted manuscripts to reviewers, integrates reviewers' feedback into response letters to the authors and guides the revision process. The pair has also launched initiatives to enhance the visibility of the journal among policymakers and classroom teachers, including a book project that will bring together important RTE articles. The journal was founded at the UI in 1967 by the late Richard Braddock, a former professor.

In addition to her Ed.D., DiPardo holds a master of arts degree in English from the University of California-Los Angeles and a bachelor of arts degree in English from California State University at Northridge. From 1997-2000 she was chair of the NCTE Promising Researcher Award Committee, from 1996-1999 she was a member of the NCTE Standing Committee on Research, and in 1997 she co-chaired the NCTE Assembly for Research. She has been a member of the NCRLL since 1992.

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