The SSSR Nominations Committee is proud to present to you the following candidates for the SSSR Board Member (in the role of President) position.
Professor, Psychology, Lancaster University
I attended the third SSSR conference in 1996 and presented in the single session on reading comprehension development and difficulties. Since then have seen our society grow in its scope, reach, and size. During this time, I’ve enjoyed and benefitted from my varied experiences with SSSR. Through attending the conferences and reading the journal, I’ve been exposed to fresh ideas and different ways of thinking and have developed new productive collaborations and international friendships. I have also sought to aid the development of early career researchers through pre-conference activities and worked to advance our field as a whole in my former role as editor of our journal, Scientific Studies of Reading. I am proud of how our society has developed in recent years; if elected, I would seek to maintain our current activities and benefits for members. For the future, I see exciting opportunities, as well as challenges. Our society has the potential to make a difference by: (a) nurturing the next generation of researchers whilst ensuring fair opportunity and diversity; (b) embracing new priorities in scientific enquiry such as the need for reproducibility and to consider the generalizability of our findings across languages, cultures, and contexts; (c) supporting future generations of readers by informing policy and practice, and (d) enabling new means for members to be actively involved beyond the annual conference. If elected, I would explore ways to ensure that our work and activities are relevant for our diverse membership, as well as the communities that we research.
Olive & Manuel Bordas Professor, Florida State University
Associate Director—Florida Center for Reading Research
I am honored to be nominated for the position of Vice President of SSSR. I first became acquainted with SSSR as a graduate student and have attended regularly since 2002. I became a voting member in 2012 and joined the board as a member of the Publications Committee in 2012. I have served as chair of that committee since 2014.
Currently, I am the Bordas Professor of Education in the School of Teacher Education, Associate Director of the Florida Center for Reading Research (FCRR), and the Deputy Director of the Regional Education Lab—Southeast at Florida State University. I also serve as the founding Director of The Village—a division within FCRR responsible for creating and maintaining partnerships with diverse community stakeholders to promote reading achievement, school readiness, and school success. A former special education teacher, my research focuses on young children with and without disabilities who struggle to acquire language and literacy skills, in particular, children of color and children living in poverty. More recently, my attention has shifted to consider contextual factors that may protect, promote, or prevent reading achievement and translational science models that may facilitate the development and use of evidence-based practices in schools.
SSSR has been my scientific home for nearly two decades, a north star in my development as a scientist, scholar, and colleague. I remain dedicated to its mission, “to promote the scientific study of reading and to disseminate information about reading and related areas such as language and literacy.” I would welcome the opportunity to continue to serve SSSR in this new capacity.