Dorothy Strickland is a former classroom teacher, reading consultant, and learning disabilities specialist. She holds the Samuel DeWitt Proctor Chair in Education at Rutgers University, and she formerly taught at Columbia University's Teachers College. Professor Strickland is also past president of the International Reading Association and its Reading Hall of Fame. She has received the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) Award and was recognized in 1994 as the NCTE Outstanding Woman in the Teaching of English. She has numerous publications in the field of reading and language arts. Her latest scholarly contributions are Teaching Phonics Today, Beginning Reading and Writing, and Supporting Struggling Readers and Writers.