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Steve Amendum (Ph.D. ’08) recognized with Promising Researcher Award

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Steve Amendum

Steve Amendum was recently selected as the 2009 recipient of the Promising Researcher Award from the National Council of Teachers of English. His manuscript ─ titled “Federally-funded Reading Intervention and Reading Growth: Which Features Matter in High Poverty Schools?” ─ was the unanimous choice for the 2009 award.

The NCTE Promising Researcher Award was established in 1970 and recognizes outstanding individuals who have completed dissertations, theses or independent studies related to the teaching of English or the language arts.

“It is a great honor to receive the NCTE Promising Researcher Award,” said Amendum. “I am thrilled that the committee found my topic timely and important, and I hope that others will too.”  

In his manuscript, Amendum reports on his observation of different types of Reading Excellence Act initiatives. He addresses topics such as the relationship between REA initiative practices and the two-year growth in reading performance by children as they progress from kindergarten through second-grade. The study also identifies features of school effectiveness as related to students’ development as readers.

Amendum earned his Ph.D. in Education; Early Childhood, Families and Literacy from the School of Education in 2008. His dissertation, titled “Federal Funding Matters: Does Type of Reading Excellence Act Initiative and School Effectiveness Predict Kindergarten through Second-Grade Students’ Two-Year Reading Growth?”, earned him recognition as one of the International Reading Association’s distinguished finalists for the Outstanding Dissertation Award in 2009.

In the fall of 2008, Amendum joined the faculty of North Carolina State University as an assistant professor of literacy education. His research focuses on literacy issues and instruction for struggling and multilingual learners. It spans a range of topics related to literacy, including writing instruction for multilingual learners and Latino children’s English-reading development. 

Amendum has already published seven peer-reviewed journal articles, four book chapters and three technical manuals and reports. He has also authored or co-authored 20 presentations nationally and internationally. He was awarded a Faculty Research Grant by N.C. State University for 2009-10 to investigate “Targeted Reading Intervention: Urban Teacher and Student Outcomes.”

Amendum earned a Master of Education degree in reading education from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in 1996 and a Bachelor of Arts degree with Honors in psychology from Hobart College in Geneva, N.Y., in 1994.

As the 2009 recipient of the Promising Researcher Award, Amendum will receive complimentary registration to the 2009 NCTE Annual Convention in Philadelphia, Pa., and will be given the opportunity to present his research at the Opening Day of Research. He will also be recognized for his accomplishment at the College Section Luncheon on Nov. 21, 2009.