Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Deb Van Duinen Honored by Michigan Reading Association (MRA)

Deb Van Duinen, Assistant Professor of Education, is being honored by the Michigan Reading Association (MRA) for her significant contributions to promoting literacy. She will receive an Individual Literacy Award from the MRA during the statewide organization’s 60th annual conference, taking place on March 18-21 in Detroit. Citing her work as program director of the Big Read Holland Area during the past two years as well as her research and additional service at Hope and in the community, the conference program’s biographical sketch praises her as “an exemplary literacy scholar.”

The Big Read Holland Area encouraged community-wide reading of “To Kill a Mockingbird” in  2014 and “The Things They Carried” in 2015. Thousands of people of all ages participated each year, with related activities ranging from lectures to performances to reading-discussion groups throughout the area. Multiple community organizations worked together for the events, which were funded through highly competitive grants, administered by Van Duinen, to the college through the Big Read initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) in partnership with Arts Midwest.

Van Duinen’s research and teaching interests include adolescent literacy, literacy theory and pedagogy, English education, secondary teacher preparation and development, and children’s and young adult literature.

She is the author of multiple articles related to her areas of research, and has made more than 30 presentations at professional conferences around the country as well as Canada. Locally, she organizes monthly research colloquies in the Education Department and connects her pre-service teachers with teachers, colleagues and community members to study literature resources, opportunities and networks.

Posted 3/09/2016 02:28:00 PM

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