Timothy Shanahan is Professor of Urban Education at the University of
Illinois at Chicago, where he is Director of the UIC Center for Literacy.
He was director of reading for the Chicago Public Schools, serving 437,000
children, and has authored or edited more than 150 publications including
the books, Developing Literacy in Second-Language Learners, Teachers Thinking-Teachers Knowing, Multidisciplinary Perspectives on Literacy,
Reading and Writing Together and Understanding Research in Reading and
Writing. His research emphasizes reading-writing relationships, reading
assessment and improving reading achievement.
Professor Shanahan is past president of the International Reading
Association. In 2006, he was appointed by President George W. Bush to
serve on the Advisory Board of the National Institute for Literacy. He is on
the Advisory Boards of the National Center for Family Literacy and Reach Out and Read and has served on the National Reading Panel, a group convened by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development at the request of Congress to evaluate research on successful methods of teaching children to read. He has also chaired two other federal research review panels: the National Early Literacy Panel, which reviewed research on preschool literacy, and the National Literacy Panel for Language Minority Children and Youth, which reviewed research on the literacy learning of language minority children.
Shanahan received the Albert J. Harris Award for outstanding research on reading disability from the International Reading Association, the Milton D. Jacobson Readability Research Award also from IRA, the Amoco Award for Outstanding Teaching and the University of Delaware Presidential Citation for Outstanding Achievement. He co-developed Project FLAME, a family literacy program for Latino immigrants, which received an Academic Excellence Award from the U.S. Department of Education. In addition, his research and development projects have attracted approximately $5 million in funding from government agencies and the philanthropic community. He was also inducted to the Reading Hall of Fame in 2007.
The former first-grade teacher received his Ph.D. at the University of Delaware in 1980.