Donna E. Alvermann is Distinguished Research Professor of Language and Literacy Education at the University of Georgia. Formerly a classroom teacher in Texas and New York, her research focuses on youth’s multiple literacies in and out of school. From 1992 to 1997 she co-directed the National Reading Research Center, funded by the U.S. Department of Education. Past president of the National Reading Conference (NRC) and co-chair of the International Reading Association’s Commission on Adolescent Literacy, she currently edits Reading Research Quarterly. She was elected to the Reading Hall of Fame in 1999, and is the recipient of NRC’s Oscar Causey Award for Outstanding Contributions to Reading Research, the Albert Kingston Award for Distinguished Service, and the College Reading Association’s Laureate Award and the H.B. Herr Award for Contributions to Research in Reading Education, and the William S. Gray Citation of Merit awarded by the International Reading Association.