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Timothy Rasinski, Ph.D

Professor and Rebecca Tolle and Burton W. Gorman Chair in Educational Leadership
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401 White Hall
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Timothy Rasinski is a professor of literacy education and holds the Rebecca Tolle and Burton W. Gorman Chair in Educational Leadership at Kent State University and director of its award winning reading clinic. He has written over 200 articles and has authored, co-authored or edited over 50 books or curriculum programs on reading education. His scholarly interests include reading fluency and word study, reading in the elementary and middle grades, and readers who struggle. His research on reading has been cited by the National Reading Panel and has been published in journals such as Reading Research QuarterlyThe Reading Teacher, Reading Psychology, and the Journal of Educational Research. Dr. Rasinski is the first author of the fluency chapter for the Handbook of Reading Research.  Dr. Rasinski served a three year term on the Board of Directors of the International Reading Association and was co-editor of The Reading Teacher, the world's most widely read journal of literacy education. He has also served as co-editor of the Journal of Literacy Research. Dr. Rasinski is past-president of the College Reading Association and he has won the A. B. Herr and Laureate Awards from the College Reading Association for his scholarly contributions to literacy education. In 2010, Dr. Rasinski was elected into the International Reading Hall of Fame.   Prior to coming to Kent State, Timothy Rasinski taught literacy education at the University of Georgia. He taught for several years as an elementary and middle school classroom and Title I teacher in Nebraska. Tim is a veteran of the US armed forces.


Ph.D. in Reading, Language Arts, and Children's Literature, The Ohio State University, M.S. in Remedial Reading/Special Education, University of Nebraska at Omaha, B.S. in Elementary Education, University of Nebraska at Omaha, B.S. in Economics, University of Akron


Teaching, Learning and Curriculum Studies, Reading, Literacy Education, Reading Fluency, Word Study, Dyslexia, Struggling readers

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Co-editor of the Journal of Literacy Research


  • Teachers Choice Award (2019)
  • Rebecca Tolle and Burton W. Gorman Chair in Educational Leadership, Kent State University (2018)
  • Presidential Scholar Award, Kent State University (2016)
  • Distinguished Alumni in Education, University of Nebraska at Omaha (2014)
  • Laureate Award (career achievement), Association of Literacy Educators and Researchers (2006)
  • A.B. Herr Award (scholarly achievements), College Reading Association (1996)
  • Member, The Literacy LEADER Hall of Fame (ILA SIG)
  • Member, International Reading Hall of Fame