Gregory named LEED chair

Anne Gregory
Anne Gregory

The NIU College of Education (COE) has named Anne E. Gregory, Ph.D., as the new chair of the Department of Literacy and Elementary Education, effective July 20, 2015.

Gregory comes to the COE from Western Illinois University, where she was chair of the Department of Curriculum and Instruction and interim chair of the Department of Counselor Education.

“Anne brings a depth of experience as an administrator, as well as an impressive track record in the areas of teaching and scholarship,” said Laurie Elish-Piper, who will take over as the COE’s acting dean on July 1.  “Her expertise in literacy education and teacher education makes her a perfect fit to lead the Department of Literacy and Elementary Education.”

In addition to her roles at Western Illinois University, Gregory also served on the faculty at Boise State University and as an assistant professor at Purdue.  Much of her professional work has been in the field of literacy:  She has served as a presenter for the Purdue Literacy Network Project’s Annual Literacy Institute, a reading recovery teacher leader and teacher in the San Antonio Independent School District, and as an elementary school teacher in the same district.

Gregory has published numerous articles and book chapters, and has given 62 presentations at state, national and international conferences.

She earned her bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Purdue University, her master’s in adult and higher education from the University of Texas at San Antonio, and her Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction, literacy and language from Purdue.

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