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Retired Professor Receives Lifetime Achievement Award in Literary Education

October 29, 2013


CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Dr. Jack Cassidy, Retired Associate Dean and Professor of Curriculum and Instruction in the College of Education at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award in Literacy Education at the annual Texas Association for Literacy Education (TALE) conference held on October 12 at Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas.

The TALE Board voted to name the award in his honor. The award will now be called the “Jack Cassidy Lifetime Achievement in Literacy Education Award.”  Cassidy was one of the founders and the first President of TALE in 2011-2012. 

Cassidy has also served as President of the International Reading Association (IRA), the world’s largest organization for literacy educators, and President of the Association of Literacy Educators and Researchers (ALER) making him the only faculty member from the Texas A&M System to ever be elected to those offices. Along with his recognition by TALE and presidencies, Cassidy is one of the founders and first elected President of the Diamond State Reading Association (DSRA).

In 2007, the Association for Literacy Education and Research (ALER) gave him the A.B. Herr Award, for distinguished service in reading. In 2010, Cassidy was inducted into the International Reading Association’s Reading Hall of Fame, considered one of the most prestigious awards granted to those in literacy education.

Before his retirement in 2011, Cassidy had more than 100 national publications including nationally refereed journal articles, books, and book chapters. He also gave hundreds of presentations in the United States and around the world, making him an esteemed faculty member of Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. While at the University, Cassidy spearheaded efforts to start a doctoral program in Curriculum and Instruction and to develop an undergraduate specialization in reading.

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