Steven Stahl served as Professor at the University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign. He was the recipient of the William S. Gray Citation of Merit from the International Reading Association, and the Oscar S. Causey Award from the National Reading Conference. He was also Co- Director of the Center for Improvement of Early Reading Achievement and was affiliated with the Center for the Study of Reading, the National Reading Research Center, and a number of nationally funded research projects. He was the director of the University of Georgia Reading Clinic from 1990-2002. His research was multi-faceted, incorporating phonemic awareness, phonics, vocabulary, and, most recently, fluency and comprehension.