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Richard Anderson

Educational Background

  • EDD., Educational Psychology, Harvard University, 1960
  • A.M.T., Social Science Education, Harvard University, 1957
  • A.B., American History, Harvard University, 1956

Key Professional Appointments

  • Professor Emeritus, Department of Educational Psychology, University of Illinois, 2010-present
  • Professor, School of Psychology, Beijing Normal University, 2003-present
  • President, China Children's Books, 2002-present
  • Director, Center for the Study of Reading, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1976-present
  • University Chair Professor, Educational Psychology, National Taiwan Normal University, 2012-2014
  • Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1967-2010
  • Professor, Department of Educational Psychology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1963-2010

Activities & Honors

  • Fellow, American Educational Research Association, 2009-present
  • Fellow, Society for Text and Discourse, 2009-present
  • Fellow, National Academy of Education, 1979-present
  • Boyd Lubker Visiting Scholar, Western Kentucky University, 2013
  • Lifetime Achievement Award, College of Education, 2012
  • Richard C. Anderson Legacy Lecture and Celebration, College of Education, 2012
  • Gallery of Scientists, Recognizes eminent senior scientists who have made important and lasting contributions to the sciences of mind, brain, and behavior, Federation of Associations in Brain and Behavioral Sciences - Foundation, 2011
  • Conference on Reading Chinese and Related Asian Languages, in honor of Richard C Anderson's distinguished research career, Ontario Institute for the Study of Education, 2010
  • Distinguished Scholar Lecture, 100th Anniversary Lecture Series, Tsinghua University, 2010
  • Sylvia Scribner Award, American Educational Research Association, 2006
  • Distinguished Career Teaching Award, College of Education, 2002
  • Outstanding Mentor Award, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2001
  • Edward L. Thorndike Award, American Psychological Association, 1997
  • Distinguished Contributions to Educational Research Award, American Educational Research Association, 1994
  • William S.Gray Citation of Merit, International Reading Association, 1992
  • University Scholar, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1988
  • Oscar Causey Award, National Reading Conference, 1987
  • President, American Educational Research Association, 1984

Research Statement

I currently have two active programs of research. The first is comparative analysis of learning to read alphabetic and nonalphabetic languages, especially English and Chinese. The second examines children's intellectual and social development in the context of free-flowing open-format discussions.


  • Principal Investigator, Mindful Instruction of Nonmainstream Children, Institute of Education Sciences, 2008-2014
  • Principal Investigator, Improving Comprehension and Writing through Reasoned Argumentation, U.S. Department of Education, 2004-2008

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