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2011 Faculty & Staff News

Longwood faculty member elected chair of special interest group in the International Reading Association

October 14, 2011

Dr. Katherine Wiesendanger

Dr. Katherine Wiesendanger, professor of education, is the new chairperson of the Concern for Affect in Reading Education Special Interest Group of the International Reading Association (IRA).

Wiesendanger was elected at the IRA conference in May, in Orlando, and began her two-year term in September. This is her second term as chairperson of this special interest group, one of more than 40 such groups in the IRA. She was chairperson about 10 years ago. Wiesendanger has been involved with this organization for more than 20 years and currently serves on the editorial board of its literacy journal, Journal for Affective Reading Education.

The Concern for Affect in Reading Education Special Interest Group encourages leadership, research, teaching, and discussion about issues dealing with reading effect, including attitudes, motivation, preferences, and responses to reading. The IRA is the world's leading organization of literacy professionals. It was founded in 1956 and has more than 70,000 members.