Richard T. Vacca

Phone: (330) 672-0657
FAX: (330) 672-3246
Address: 402 White Hall

Richard T. Vacca is Graduate Program Counselor of Curriculum and Instruction and a professor of Literacy Education in the Department of Teaching, Leadership and Curriculum Studies. He received his Ph.D. from Syracuse University.

Dr. Rich Vacca completed his doctoral studies at Syracuse University and has taught reading and English at the middle school and high school levels. He is co-author with JoAnne Vacca of Content Area Reading and Reading and Learning to Read, both published by Allyn & Bacon. He has co-authored with Harry Noden, Whole Language in Middle and Secondary Classrooms. He is also co-author with Tim Rasinski of Case Studies in Whole Language (Harcourt Brace Jovanovich). Rich has written numerous articles and chapters on the literacy needs of adolescent learners for professional publication and has conducted staff development workshops throughout North America. For several years, he served as the project director for the Cleveland Writing Project, a collaborative effort between Kent State University and Cleveland Public Schools. In 1989, he was the College Reading Association's recipient of the A.B. Herr Award for Outstanding Contributions to Reading Education. Rich served as member of the Board of Directors of the International Reading Association. He served as President-elect of the Association for 1995-96, and as President of IRA for 1996-97.

Special Areas of Expertise/Research Items

  • Content Area Literacy
  • Adolescent Literacy
  • Literature-based Teaching and Learning
  • Reader Response
  • Writing to Learn

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