James W. Cunningham is Professor Emeritus of Literacy Education at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He has over 100 publications, including books, book chapters, research articles, professional articles, and scholarly reviews. He has presented many papers at national and international conferences. He was on the editorial boards of Reading Research Quarterly, Journal of Literacy Research, National Reading Conference Yearbook, Literacy Teaching and Learning: An International Journal of Early Reading and Writing, and Reading Psychology prior to his retirement from the university. He was elected Fellow by the National Conference on Research in Language and Literacy, and was an elected member of the Board of Directors of the National Reading Conference. Jim was a member of the Text Complexity Committee for the Common Core Standards in English Language Arts. He has taught at the elementary and secondary levels, and has served as a consultant to public schools, school systems, and other education agencies in 28 states.