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Short Bio
Professor in the Department of Teaching, Learning and Culture, College of Education and Human Development (CEHD), Texas A&M University. Dr. Rupley received the 2013 A. B. Herr award presented for distinguished service and contributions in reading presented by Association of Literary Educators and Researchers. He is the recipient of the CEHD Instructional Research Laboratory Research Achievement Award and was appointed a Regents Scholar in 2001. He is the Editor-in-Chief of Reading Psychology: An International Journal and coauthor of Principles and Practices of Teaching Reading (10th ed., Merrill Publishing Co.) which is one of the top 10 textbooks on reading instruction used at both graduate and undergraduate levels. William H. Rupley's primary areas of expertise are reading acquisition, reading comprehension, reading in science and mathematics, and teacher effectiveness. He has developed and implemented programs using technology to teach effectively and assess students' reading capabilities, as well as conducting research in the areas of reading comprehension and effective teaching. He has published more than 125 articles and columns in research journals that include Reading Research and Instruction, Peabody Journal of Education, Journal of Research in Education, Scientific Studies in Reading, Reading and Writing, The Reading Teacher, Journal of Literacy Research and Instruction, The Reading Teacher, and Reading and Writing Quarterly. His research has focused on instructional development to increase teachers' effectiveness in teaching reading development, and reading comprehension in diverse disciplines including social studies, science, probabilistic thinking and climate forecasting. He has been either the PI or Co-PI for over $3 million in federal and state professional development and teacher training grants including: Enhancing the Quality of Expository Text Instruction and Comprehension Through Content and Case Situated Professional Development (Institute of Education Sciences, $1,500,000); Development of Climate Forecasts Decision Making: Teaching Materials for Middle School Teachers and Students (National Atmospheric and Oceanic Administration, $237,000); and Bridges to Literacy (Verizon Foundation, $229,874).

Area(s) of Emphasis
Reading/Language Arts
Research Interests
Reading Acquisition and Development
Reading Assessment and Correction
Reading Comprehension Development and Text Processing
Reading in Science and Mathematics
Publications (journal articles, books, book chapters)*

1. Rupley, W. H. (In press). An introduction to linking reading and science: Focusing on a broaders bases of understanding. Reading Psychology: An International Journal. (In Press)

2. Rupley, W. H. (In press). Direct Instruction in teaching reading to struggling readers. Reading and Writing Quarterly. (In Press)

3. Mraz, M., Nichols, W. D., Caldwell, S., Beisley, R., Rupley, W. H. & Sargent, S. E. (In Press) Improving oral reading fluency through reader's theatre. Reading Horizons (In Press)

4. Rupley, W.H. & Nichols, W.D. (In press). Matching instructional design with vocabulary instruction. Reading Horizons. (In Press)

5. Heilman, A. J., Blair, T. R., & Rupley, W. H. (In press). Principles and practices of teaching reading (11th ed.). Columbus, OH: Merrill (In Press)

6. Rasinski, T., Nichols, W. D., & Rupley, W. H. (In Press). Using Alternative Text Types to Improve Fluency for Struggling Readers. Reading Horizons (In Press)

7. Rupley, W. H., Nichols, W. D., & Mras, M. (In press). Words are everywhere: Supporting Struggling Readers’ Word Knowledge. In Supporting Struggling Readers: Reading and Strategy Use . Edited by Barbara Walker, Christopher-Gordon Publishers. In press. (In Press)

8. Willson, V. L., & Rupley, W. H. (2013). Design for Learning Disabilities Experimental and Quasi-Experimental Research. Chapter 31 (p. 593 - 607). Edited by H. Lee Swanson, Karen R. Harris, and Steve Graham

9. Rasinski, T.R., Rupley, W. H., Nichols, W. D. (2012). Phonics and Fluency Practice With Poetry: Lessons That Tap the Power of Rhyming Verse to Improve Students' Word Recognition, Automaticity, and Prosody; and Help Them Become Successful Readers. New York: Scholastic

10. Rupley, W. H., Nichols, W. D., Mraz, M., & Blair, T. R. (2012). Building conceptual understanding through vocabulary instruction. Reading Horizons, 51

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* Publication was joint-authored with students
Diss Publication was from a dissertation
ROS Publication was from a record of study

College of Education and Human Development Grants and Contracts
No current grants/contracts
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Courses Taught
Former Doctoral Students
Luana Zellner (Fall, 1998), Ph.D.
Sandra Mergen (Summer, 2000), Ph.D.
Angela Hairrell (Summer, 2008), Ph.D.
Matthew Keil (Spring, 2014), Ed.D.
Debra Phillips (Fall, 2014), Ed.D.
Editorial Positions

Editorial Board Member (2014 - ). Cogent Education

Editorial Board Member (2014 - ). College Student Journal

Editorial Board Member (2014 - ). EURASIA Journal of Mathematics, Science & Technology Education

Editorial Board Member (2014 - ). Journal of Literacy Research

Editorial Board Member (2009 - ). Learning and Individual Differences

Editorial Board Member (2005 - ). Journal of Reading Education

Editorial Board Member (2005 - 2006). The Reading Teacher

Editorial Board Member (2004 - ). Literacy Research and Instruction

Editorial Board Member (2003 - ). Reading and Writing Quarterly

Editorial Board Member (2000 - 2000). Reading Research and Instruction

Editorial Board Member (1999 - 2002). Scientific Studies of Reading

Editor (1989 - ). Reading Psychology

Co-Editor (1986 - 1989). Reading Psychology

Professional Leadership/Service (International/National)

(2004). Member Review Panal.  Research Sessions of the Annual Conference of the International Reading Association

(2004). Member Review Panal.  Research Sessions of the Annual Conference of the International Reading Association

(2004). Member Of the External Reviewers.  Reno-Tahoe Meeting of the International Reading Assocation

(2003-2004). Member.  Texas Education Agency Office of Statewide Inititiatives


(2014). Regents Scholar, Initiative for excellence in Educ. 

(2012). Distinguished Research Fellow.  CEHD Awarded

(2001-2004). TAMU Regents Initiative for Excellence.  Education's Academy for Educator Development

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