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Eunice N. Askov


Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1969
Distinguished Professor Emerita of Education
Co-Director Emerita, Goodling Institute for Research in Family Literacy
Institute for the Study of Adult Literacy


As former co-director for research of the two Institutes, she provided leadership and research in adult literacy through various projects relating to family literacy, applications of technology to instruction, workplace literacy, special needs populations, and staff development. She was also the first Literacy Leader Fellow at the National Institute for Literacy in Washington, DC, carrying out research related to skill standards and workplace literacy. She has also conducted research in adult literacy at the University of Western Australia under a Fulbright Senior Scholar's Award (1983). She was named Distinguished Fellow, The Flinders University (Adelaide, Australia), Institute of International Education (1998), given the University of Wisconsin, School of Education Alumni Achievement Award (1994), the Penn State College of Education Career Achievement Award (1999) and named a university Distinguished Professor in 2001. In 2005 she received the Cotterill Award for Leadership in the College of Education. She was also inducted into the Reading Hall of Fame (2004), an Honorary affiliated with the International Reading Association, as well as into the International Adult and Continuing Hall of Fame (2007).

In addition to numerous journal articles and book chapters, she is author of four textbooks on reading instruction. On a sabbatical leave in 1993, she studied applications of technology in adult literacy in developed and developing countries in travels around the world. On sabbatical leave in 2000-2001, she studied applications of web-based distance education in adult literacy programs. She was on the Board of Directors of the American Association for Adult & Continuing Education. She serves on the Board of Directors of the National Coalition for Literacy, Council for the Advancement of Adult Literacy, and the Goodling Institute for Research in Family Literacy, as well as on various editorial boards for research publications.