Duffy to Keynote Annual Literacy Conference

Greenville, NC – Dr. Gerald G. Duffy, William E. Moran Distinguished Professor of Reading and Literacy at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro, will be the keynote speaker at this year’s Mary Lois Staton Reading/Language Arts Conference at the Greenville Hilton on Friday, Feb. 11.

Duffy is also Professor Emeritus at Michigan State University where he served for 25 years as a faculty member and as a senior researcher in the Institute for Research on Teaching. He is a past-president of the National Reading Conference and a member of the Reading Hall of Fame. His research has utilized both quantitative and qualitative designs in studying effective reading strategy instruction and teacher development in naturalistic classroom-based settings.

Duffy has published more than 100 journal articles, chapters and research monographs and has written or edited five books, his most recent being Explaining Reading (Guilford, 2003). His teaching and service includes developing and teaching a variety of innovative teacher education programs, conducting numerous short and long term field-based literacy workshops, teaching undergraduate and graduate literacy classes at university and school sites throughout North America, Asia and Europe as well as mentoring doctoral students. His work at Greensboro focuses on studying the intersection of teacher effectiveness in literacy and the effectiveness of teacher preparation programs.

The Mary Lois Staton Reading/Language Arts Conference is an annual teacher education conference that brings national, regional, and local speakers on literacy education issues to a one-day conference in Greenville, North Carolina. This event is sponsored by the Department of Curriculum and Instruction in the College of Education at East Carolina University.

The conference will begin at 8 a.m. For more information, contact Dr. Katherine Misulis at (252) 328-6128 or Dr. Lanette Moret at (252) 328-6174.