Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi

Dr. Jack Cassidy

An Outstanding Islander

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Leading the Reading

The Island University boasts an international expert in literacy and gifted education, and his name is Dr. Jack Cassidy. The associate dean and professor of curriculum and instruction came to the University in 1998 from Pennsylvania's Millersville University. Throughout his career, Cassidy has received more than 40 honors and recognitions, including the 2007 A.B. Herr Award from the College Reading Association (CRA) for outstanding contributions to the field of reading. A former president of CRA and the International Reading Association (an 80,000 member organization of literacy educators worldwide), he has given hundreds of presentations around the globe and has more than 100 publications. Cassidy has written, edited or consulted on more than a dozen series of texts and materials for children and youth. He has enjoyed starting new projects at the University and working with doctoral students. At the University, he has taught courses in literacy and gifted education; started the BEST program, a clinic for youth ages 6-16 with literacy problems; and has overseen both the annual Reading Conference and CEDER Conference at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. Recently, he launched the Governor's Academy for Teaching Excellence (GATE), a free summer educational program for academically talented Texas high school students interested in teaching math or science. GATE will begin in July.

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