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Wayne E. Wright to Join the College of Education as the Barbara I. Cook Chair of Literacy and Language

Wayne E Wright

At the May meeting of the Purdue University Board of Trustees, Wayne E. Wright was approved as the Barbara I. Cook Chair of Literacy and Language within the College of Education. Wright’s appointment is effective Aug. 18.  He currently serves as an associate professor in the Department of Bicultural-Bilingual Studies in the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Texas at San Antonio.

Wright was a visiting lecturer, Fulbright Scholar at the Royal University of Phnom Penh, Cambodia, in 2009. From 2004-2008 he was an assistant professor at the University of Texas at San Antonio. Prior to that he was a faculty associate at Arizona State University East from 2003-2004 and an adjunct professor from 2001-2003 at Mesa Community College, Northern Arizona University and Arizona State University.

His research focuses on language and educational policies, programs and practices for language minority students. He has many years of experience teaching in bilingual and English as a Second Language (ESL) classrooms with students from kindergarteners to adults.

Wright is editor of the Journal of Southeast Asian American Education and Advancement and is book review editor for the International Multilingual Research Journal. He is author of "Foundations for Teaching English Language Learners: Theory, Research, Policy and Practice."

He earned his bachelor's and master's degrees from California State University Long Beach and his doctorate from Arizona State University.

Barbara Cook served as dean of students at Purdue from 1980-1987. She came to Purdue in 1956 as a counselor in the Office of the Dean of Women. She was director of the Placement Service for Women, assistant and associate dean of women, and associate dean of students before becoming dean. She also held a lectureship in the School of Education and was a professor of education from 1987 until her retirement in 1989.

Dale R. and Suzi Gallagher established the Barbara I. Cook Chair of Literacy and Language Endowment in 2007. Dale received a bachelor's degree from the School of Industrial Engineering in 1969, and Suzi received a bachelor's degree from the College of Liberal Arts in 1970. Dale Gallagher is the retired vice president of operations for Frito-Lay in Europe, Africa and the Middle East. Suzi Gallagher is a retired academic language therapist and is interested in helping those with learning disabilities.

Source: Purdue Today