Timothy Rasinski is a professor of literacy education 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. He is author of the best selling books on reading fluency The Fluent Reader (now in its second edition) and The Fluent Reader in Action, published by Scholastic. His scholarly interests include reading fluency and word study, reading in the elementary and middle grades, and readers who struggle.
He is particularly noted for his work on reading fluency. His dissertation study (1985) found that reading fluency was a significant factor for reading proficiency among elementary grade students. His subsequent research has found that fluency continues to be an important reading competency through the secondary grades, and that a significant number of students who struggle in obtaining proficiency in reading manifest difficulties in fluency. Tim has suggested approaches to teaching reading fluency that are both artful and scientifically validated.
His research on reading has been cited by the National Reading Panel and has been published in journals such as Reading Research Quarterly, The Reading Teacher, Reading Psychology, and the Journal of Educational Research. Tim is the first author of the fluency chapter for the Handbook of Reading Research, Volume IV. .
Tim 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. 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.
Prior to coming to Kent State Tim 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.