Meredith Professors Present Results of Their Special Projects for Faculty Colleagues, Academic Leaders


Kelly Chandler-Olcott, professor in the Department of Reading and Language Arts, was one of two Laura J. and L. Douglas Meredith Professors of Teaching Excellence who gave presentations on their Meredith projects during Syracuse University’s annual Meredith Professorship Dinner on Dec. 13 in the Schine Student Center’s Goldstein Auditorium.

Chandler-Olcott’s project, “Designing for Ambitious Education in an Equitable Society,” focused on developing a signature education course as a required introduction to the field for all undergraduate students entering the School of Education’s teacher education programs as well as an elective for other interested students. The course, co-taught by a faculty team representing multiple academic disciplines, addressed some of the compelling, often controversial issues that are debated in the field both in the U.S. and beyond.

A professor of reading and language arts, Chandler-Olcott recently transitioned from her role as associate dean for research in the School of Education. Prior to that role, she served as the department chair of reading and language arts. Chandler-Olcott is a former high school English and social studies teacher who now teaches English methods and content literacy courses to secondary and K-12 education majors.

With support from the National Science Foundation, the International Reading Association, and the Spencer Foundation, she has published five books, with a sixth out this spring, and more than 75 chapters and articles. She also currently serves as a co-editor of Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy.

In addition to being named a Laura J. and L. Douglas Meredith Professor for Teaching Excellence in 2015, Chandler-Olcott received an Excellence in Graduate Education Faculty Recognition Award in 2008 and a Meredith Recognition Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2000.

Learn more about Kelly Chandler-Olcott's project and there Meredith Professorship