David Reinking (Inducted 2008 )
David Reinking is semi-retired, currently with courtesy appointment as an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Language and Literacy Education at the University of Georgia. Previously, he was a Distinguished Professor of Education at Clemson University. His scholarship focuses on understanding the relation between digital technologies and literacy and how that understanding informs instruction. In classrooms, he conducts formative experiments to study how valued pedagogical goals can be achieved through the integration of digital technologies into instruction. He has promoted formative experiments and other design-based approaches to education research as an alternative to conventional experimental and naturalistic approaches. He co-authored a widely used book explicating those approaches entitled On Formative and Design Experiments (Teachers College Press, 2008). His work has been published widely in highly regarded journals and scholarly books, and it has received international attention through projects and invited talks in countries such as Colombia, Finland, Italy, the Netherlands, Singapore, Sweden, and the United Kingdom. From 2001-2007, he served as Co-Editor of Reading Research Quarterly, the leading research journal for literacy research and one of the most widely circulated and influential research journals in education. From 1994 to 2000 he was Editor of the Journal of Literacy Research, another highly regarded research journal. He also served as lead editor for the Handbook of Literacy and Technology, which was awarded special recognition by the National Reading Conference and the American Library Association. His research has been supported by substantial federal funding. For example, From 1992-1997 he was a principal investigator at the National Reading Research Center funded by the U.S. Office of Education. From 2005-2008, he was a co-principal investigator on a three-year project investigating adolescents’ reading comprehension on the Internet. He is a past-president (2009-10) of the Literacy Research Association), a leading professional organization for literacy researchers from which he received the Albert Kingston Award for lifetime service. He also founded a study abroad program, now in its 20th year. That program provides a cross-cultural experience for pre-service teachers who who work with teachers and students in Italian schools while living with Italian host families. That program received the 2008 Andrew Heiskell Award in the study abroad category from the influential Institute of International Education.