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I have been blessed to put together an Advisory Board consisting of top rated researchers and professors within the reading field. These individuals have agreed to work with the reading center on an as needed basis. Some of these individuals will support the center through direct participation in the organization and daily direction. Others will consult on special projects or other activities as they arise.

Kathleen Brown

Kathleen J. Brown, Ph.D. is director of the University of Utah Reading Clinic (UURC) in the College of Education. Her scholarly interests include the development of educators’ conceptual frameworks for teaching at-risk and struggling readers, and the development of intervention models to meet the needs of struggling readers from diverse backgrounds. Since 1999, Dr. Brown has led intervention clinical practica for over 700 Utah educators. In 1997, Dr. Brown received the University of Utah Graduate School of Education Teaching Award in recognition of her contribution to university teaching. Her work has been published in a number of scholarly journals, including Reading Research Quarterly, The Elementary School Journal, The Journal of Literacy Research, and The Reading Teacher.

Neil Anderson

Neil J. Anderson, Ph.D. is a Professor of Linguistics and English Language at Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah. He also serves as the Coordinator of the English Language Center. He teaches courses in the TESOL Master’s program as well as language classes to second language learners. His research interests include second language reading, language learner strategies, second language teaching/learning motivation, and English Language Teaching leadership development. Professor Anderson has taught and presented papers and workshops in over 25 countries. He is the author, co-author, or co-editor of over 40 books, book chapters, and professional articles, among them Milestones (2009, Heinle), Exploring Second Language Reading: Issues and Strategies (1999, Heinle), ELT Advantage: Reading (2006, Heinle), ACTIVE Skills for Reading, 2nd ed. (2007/2008 Heinle), and Practical English Language Teaching: Reading (2008, McGraw-Hill). Professor Anderson served as President of the international association of Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages, Inc. from 2001-2002. He also served on the Board of Trustees for The International Research Foundation for English Language Education from 2004-2008. During 2002-2003 he was a Fulbright Scholar conducting research and teaching in Costa Rica and during 2009-2010 he was a Fulbright Scholar at el Centro de Aprendizaje de Lenguas de la Universidad de San Carlos (CALUSAC) in Guatemala City, Guatemala.

Barbara Culatta

Barbara Culatta, Ph.D. is an Associate Dean for the BYU David O. McKay School of Education (MSE) and a Professor of Speech-Language Pathology. Dr. Culatta completed her PhD at the University of Pittsburgh and a post-doctoral fellowship at Johns Hopkins University. She has over 30 years of experience working with children with language and literacy problems. She is the principle investigator for the creation and development of SEEL, Systematic Engaging Early Literacy instruction. Dr. Culatta has numerous, publications and presentations on language intervention.

John Wilkinson

John C. Wilkinson, Ph.D. has a doctoral degree in Instructional Psychology and Technology. He has more than 30 years experience developing training for a variety of entities including Apple Computer and BMC Software Inc.; institutions such as McKay-Dee Hospital (Ogden, UT), the California Technical Assistant Project, and the University of Nevada-Reno School of Medicine; school districts such as Broward County Schools (Ft Lauderdale, FL.) and the Department of Defense Overseas Schools. Training products have ranged from courses in networking fundamentals for educators to operating LANDesk and Riverdeep software applications. Dr. Wilkinson designed and developed the Apple Network Administrator Toolkit for educators and developed custom training in the use of BMC Software Remedy’s Incident and Change management application for Broward County Schools. Dr. Wilkinson has conducted professional development in hundreds of school districts throughout the U.S., has developed training and other professional development systems for educators and has assisted in the authoring of professional manuals of practice for educators and parents.

Heidi Hyte

Heidi Hyte received her Bachelors Degree in Linguistics and her Masters Degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) from Brigham Young University (BYU). She has taught English as a second or foreign language both domestically and abroad, including California, Utah, American Samoa, Africa, China, and Taiwan. She has also traveled to English schools in Fiji, India, Kiribati, Mexico, Samoa, Taiwan, and Tonga to conduct EFL needs assessments and has taught several strategies workshops. She worked as a full-time faculty member at BYU’s English Language Center (ELC) where she supervised the Self-Access Study Center (SASC) and the Listening/Speaking skill area. As a faculty member at the ELC, she also taught reading, writing, listening/speaking, grammar, and study skills courses to various levels of ESL students. In addition, she has conducted teacher training for TESOL minors and graduate students at BYU, and she has taught the Literacy Development in TESOL course at BYU to TESOL minors. She has conducted research projects in language learning, including studies that involve metacognitive language learning strategies and the effects of learner characteristics on language learning. She is a current member of the international association of Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), Inc. and has presented her research at the international convention. She also serves as president of the Intermountain-TESOL affiliate. Her research interests include second language literacy and reading, language learning strategies, learner characteristics, pronunciation, and computer-assisted language learning.

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