Key Professional Appointments

Full ProfessorSpecial Education, University of Illinois, 2007 - present

AdjunctEducational Psychology, University of Illinois, 2004 - present

AffiliateCurriculum & Instruction, University of Illinois, 2002 - present

Senior ResearcherCenter for the Study of Reading, University of Illinois, 1988 - present

Associate ProfessorSpecial Education, University of Illinois, 1994 - 2007

Assistant ProfessorSpecial Education, University of Illinois, 1988 - 1994

Visiting Assistant ProfessorSpecial Education, University of Illinois, 1987 - 1988

Assistant ProfessorSpecial Education, University of Mississippi, 1984 - 1987


Ph.D., Special Education, Arizona State University, 1984

M.Ed., Special Education, University of Missouri-Columbia, 1975

B.A., English, Saint Louis University, 1971

Awards, Honors, Associations

Reading Recovery Trainer EmeritusReading Recovery University Trainer EmeritusReading Recovery Council of North America, 2011 - present

Faculty FellowAcademy for Entrepreneurial LeadershipAcademy for Entrepreneurial Leadership, 2009 - present

Campus Award for Excellence in Graduate and Professional TeachingTeaching AwardOffice of the Provost, 2007 - 2008

Graduate Teaching AwardCollege of Education, 2006 - 2007

Faculty AssociateCenter for Advanced Study, 2004 - 2005

Alan C. Purves Research AwardNational Council of Teachers of English, 1999 - 2000

Undergraduate Teaching AwardAwardCollege of Education, 1998 - 1999


Ruppar, A., & Gaffney, J. (2011) IEP team decisions for a student with significant support needs: Conversations, negotiations, and power Research and Practice for Persons with Severe Disabilities 36, 11-22

Muwana, F., & Gaffney, J. (2011) Service-learning experiences of college freshmen, community partners, and consumers with disabilities Teacher Education and Special Education 34 (1), 21-36 link >

Jeong, J., Gaffney, J., & Choi, J. (2010) Availability and use of informational text in second, third, and fourth grades Research in the Teaching of English 44, 435-456

March, E., & Gaffney, J. (2010) Relational identities of students, families, and educators: Shaping educational pathways Remedial and Special Education 31, 3-16

Wu, X., Anderson, R., Li, W., Wu, X., Li, H., Zhang, J., al, e., & Gaffney, J. (2009) Morphological awareness and Chinese children’s literacy development: An intervention study Scientific Studies of Reading 13, 26-52 link >

Ostrosky, M., Gaffney, J., & Thomas, D. (2006) The interplay between literacy and relationships in early childhood settings Reading & Writing Quarterly 22 (2), 173-191

Anderson, R., Wang, Q., & Gaffney, J. (2006) Comprehension research over the past three decades. Reading research at work: Foundations of effective practice Guilford Press: New York

Packard, J., Chen, X., Li, W., Wu, X., Gaffney, J., Li, H., & Anderson, R. (2006) Explicit instruction in orthographic structure and word morphology helps Chinese children learn to write characters Reading and Writing 19 (5), 457-487

Gaffney, J., Methven, J., & Bagdasarian, S. (2002) Assisting older students to read expository text in a tutorial setting: An argument for a high impact intervention Reading and Writing Quarterly 18, 119-150

Li, W., Gaffney, J., & Packard, J. (2002) Chinese children's reading acquisition: Theoretical and pedagogical issues.. Kluwer Academic: Norwell, MA

Gaffney, J., & Anderson, R. (2000) Trends in reading research in the United States: Changing intellectual currents over thirty years. Handbook of Reading Research Erlbaum: Mahwah, NJ

Gaffney, J., & Askew, B. (1999) Stirring the waters: The influence of Marie Clay.. Heinemann: Portsmouth, NH


Senior PersonnelEntrepreneurial Leadership in STEM Teaching & Learning (EnLiST), National Science Foundation, 2009 - 2014

Co-Principal InvestigatorPreparing Leaders in Access by Design (PLAD), U.S. Department of Education, 2006 - 2010

Principal InvestigatorLiteracy Leadership & Curricular Access for All, Quincy Public School District # 172, 2006 - 2007


Associate ChairReading and Literacy Working Group for ED 08, National Academy of Education, 2008 - 2009

Editorial Board MemberInternational Reading Association, Reading Research Quarterly, 2006 - present

Editorial Board MemberNational Reading Conference, Journal of Literacy Research, 2001 - present

Board of ReviewersBoard of Reviewers, Teacher Education and Special Education Journal, 1984 - present


Janet Gaffney

Professor Emerita, Special Education



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