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Dr. Evan Ortlieb

An Outstanding Islander

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Read to Lead
While on his way to becoming a science teacher, Dr. Evan Ortlieb discovered that children were lacking the essential reading skills needed to get ahead in the classroom. So to address this critical need, Ortlieb switched his field of study to reading education. Ortlieb, who joined the Island University faculty in August 2010 as assistant professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, came to the campus because of its national distinction in reading education. He also wanted to enhance his abilities to prepare teachers for addressing the needs of struggling readers. Before coming to the Island University, Ortlieb spent three years directing reading clinics at Valdosta State University. Currently, he works with undergraduate and graduate students within the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, where the emphasis is placed on both teaching and research. He is also grateful for the opportunity to research the areas where he is the most passionate. The Baton Rouge, La., native has been instrumental in advancing the field of reading remediation through quasi-experimental research affiliated with the clinical division of the Association of Literacy Educators and Researchers, and the Literacy Research Association – the leading research organization in the field. His award-winning involvement in the diagnosis and correction of student reading difficulties continues to flourish in the Coastal Bend, where he is currently evaluating the effectiveness of using online collaborative reading environments aimed at addressing student interests and reading proficiencies in a joint effort with Northeastern State University. His scholarly productivity has resulted in more than 25 peer-reviewed publications. He is the co-chair of the Specialized Literacy Professionals SIG of the International Reading Association; reviewer to numerous international journals; and editor to the upcoming book series- Literacy Research, Practice, and Evaluation. In 2009 he created the Ortlieb Foundation, a national, non-profit organization that provides collegiate scholarships to students diagnosed with cancer. This spring he awarded a scholarship to one of his doctoral students.

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