Competitive international grant awarded to USF Sarasota-Manatee professor

Dr. Thomas Crisp, Assistant Professor of Reading in the College of Education at USF Sarasota-Manatee, has been awarded the International Reading Association’s Elva Knight Research Grant for promising research that addresses significant questions for the discipline of reading/literacy research and practice.

The grant is awarded to approximately 5 scholars per year drawn from an international pool. It is the intent that such grants will provide researchers with the opportunity to develop important perspectives on the reading/literacy field. Dr. Crisp joins previous recipients from the United States, Australia, Mexico, Nigeria, Argentina, Cyprus and the United Kingdom.

Crisp received his Ph.D. in Curriculum, Teaching, and Educational Policy from the College of Education at Michigan State University where he worked in children’s and adolescent literature and literacy instruction. He was recently selected as Florida’s Outstanding Teacher Educator in Reading by the Florida Reading Association to one faculty member per year who is an innovator and leader making substantial contributions in the field of reading education.

USF Sarasota-Manatee’s College of Education is NCATE Accredited and home to undergraduate and graduate programs preparing teachers and administrators as well as professionals who can assume roles related to education in a variety of fields. Programs leading to state certification include Elementary Education (Undergraduate and graduate level); Educational Leadership, and Reading.

For more information about USF Sarasota-Manatee’s College of Education, visit www.sarasota.usf.edu or call (941) 359-4330.