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A Notre Dame College education faculty member has been nationally recognized by the International Literacy Association (ILA), the world’s premier literacy organization with chapters around the globe

Sue E. Corbin, Ph.D., professor and chair of the Division of Professional Education at Notre Dame, has been selected an at-large member of the association’s board of directors. Corbin said she has been working toward this position all her life.

Corbin, a member of ILA for more than 30 years, is a former pre-K–6 literacy specialist and middle school reading teacher. She wrote literacy curricula for elementary and middle schools, founded a summer literacy clinic for readers who struggle and has presented at multiple ILA international and state conferences.

She is a current board member of ILA’s Children’s Literature and Reading Special Interest Group, which she previously chaired. She has been a member of the editorial board of the group’s journal, The Dragon Lode, in addition to a member and chair of the group’s Notable Books for a Global Society committee.

“The selection of governance leaders is critical to ILA in forging our future and implementing our mission to make literacy accessible for all, and we’re delighted that you’ll be part of our governing team,” Nicola Wedderburn, interim executive director, and Robert J. Tierney, president, both of the ILA, said in a letter to Corbin. “We offer our best wishes to you for a successful and productive term as a member of the Board of Directors.”

In 2021, the College’s Master of Education in Reading and Literacy leading to Ohio Reading Endorsement earned the ILA National Recognition for the Preparation of Literacy Professionals. Notre Dame’s professional education division under the leadership of Corbin joined only four other institutions in the country to have earned the distinction.

Peer reviewers for the ILA described the Notre Dame degree program led by Corbin as “a solid program based in current theory and research related to literacy development.”

Notre Dame’s Division of Professional Education “is leading the way to advance excellence and equity in literacy acquisition worldwide,” stated Marcie Craig-Post, the executive director of ILA. “We truly value your program faculty’s literacy leadership in the preparation of reading/literacy specialists.”

The College is just the fifth institution in the United States to earn the ILA distinction. The others are the University of North Georgia, University of Texas at San Antonio, West Virginia University and Loyola University–Maryland.

June 2022

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Notre Dame College is a private, Catholic, liberal arts college in South Euclid, Ohio, committed to teaching students how to make a good living and live a good life. Founded by the Sisters of Notre Dame in 1922, the College offers bachelor’s degrees in 30 disciplines plus a variety of master’s degrees, certification programs and continuing and professional development programs for adult learners on campus and online. For more information, visit NotreDameCollege.edu.