Key Professional Appointments

Full ProfessorSpecial Education, University of Illinois, 2007 - 

AdjunctEducational Psychology, University of Illinois, 2004 - 

AffiliateCurriculum & Instruction, University of Illinois, 2002 - 

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

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

Campus Award for Excellence in Graduate and Professional Teaching2007 - 2008

Graduate Teaching Award2006 - 2007

Faculty Associate2004 - 2005

Alan C. Purves Research Award1999 - 2000

Undergraduate Teaching Award1998 - 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

Muwana, F., Gaffney, J. (2011) Service-learning experiences of college freshmen, community partners, and consumers with disabilities Teacher Education and Special Education 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

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

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 link>

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

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

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

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

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


Principal InvestigatorLiteracy Leadership & Curricular Access for All, Quincy Public School District # 172, 8/16/2006 12:00:00 AM - 5/15/2007 12:00:00 AM

Senior PersonnelEntrepreneurial Leadership in STEM Teaching & Learning (EnLiST), National Science Foundation, 1/1/2009 12:00:00 AM - 12/31/2014 12:00:00 AM

Co-Principal InvestigatorPreparing Leaders in Access by Design (PLAD), U.S. Department of Education, 1/1/2006 12:00:00 AM - 12/31/2010 12:00:00 AM


Associate Chair2008 - 2009

Editorial Board Member2006 - 

Editorial Board Member2001 - 

Board of Reviewers1984 - 

Janet Gaffney

Professor Emerita, Special Education



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