Patricia Alexander

ADVANCE Professor for the College of Education

Dr. Patricia Alexander is the Jean Mullan Professor of Literacy and Distinguished Scholar-Teacher in the Department of Human Development and Quantitative Methodology. A former middle-school teacher, Dr. Alexander received her reading specialist degree from James Madison University (1979) and her Ph.D. in reading from the University of Maryland (1981).  Since receiving her Ph.D., Dr. Alexander has published over 300 articles, books, chapters, and monographs in the area of learning and instruction.  She has also presented over 400 papers or invited addresses at national and international conferences.  She currently serves as the senior editor of Contemporary Educational Psychology and presently serves on 14 editorial boards. Dr. Alexander is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, the American Educational Research Association, and the Society for Text and Discourse, and she was a Spencer Fellow of the National Academy of Education.  Named one of the five most influential educational psychologists over the past decade, her honors include the Oscar S. Causey Award (2001), the E. L. Thorndike Award for Career Achievement in Educational Psychology from APA Division 15 (2006), and the Sylvia Scribner Career Award from AERA Division C (2007).