Oscar S. Causey Award

History of the Award


LRA awards the Oscar S. Causey Award each fall for outstanding contributions to reading research. Dr. Oscar S. Causey was the founder of the National Reading Conference and served many years as Chair of the Executive Committee. The Award is awarded annually to recognize outstanding contributions to literacy research and was first presented in 1967.


About Oscar Causey

Procedures for Nomination


The Chair of the Committee invites nominations via an announcement in the Newsletter and at least twice each year on the Listserv. In addition, the Chair should send a separate request each year to past Oscar S. Causey Award winners and past presidents for nominations. Nominations should include a copy of the nominee’s current, full curriculum vita and a nominating letter authored by an individual who is a member of LRA. Nominations are sent electronically via e-mail to the Chair. Nominations are considered active for a period of three years, unless a nominee has received the award during this time. New nominations should be submitted electronically via e-mail to the Chair before August 15th.

Review Process


The chair sends electronic copies of each nominee’s curriculum vita and nomination letter to members of the committee. Committee members rank each nominee in order from highest to lowest. The chair averages these rankings, and the recipient is selected according to the person receiving the highest average ranking. This process is completed by September 15 of each year. Tradition has it that only the chair, the recipient, the President, and headquarters know the name of the recipient. This is done in order to make the award an important announcement at the Annual Conference. The LRA President and LRA HQ must be notified of the decision by October 1. The recipient should be notified as soon as possible (no later than October 1) so that they might attend the conference to receive the award. The recipient of the Oscar S. Causey Award will receive a plaque and a monetary award in the amount of $500.00.

Award Committee

Fenice Boyd


Chair, (2020 – 2023)

Virginia Goatley


Liaison, (2020 – 2023)

Julie Coiro


Committee Member, (2019 – 2022)

Freddie Hiebert


Committee Member (2019 – 2022)

Jennifer Turner


Committee Member, (2020 – 2023)

Jim Hoffman 


Committee Member, (2020 – 2023)

Seth Parsons


Committee Member, (2020 – 2023)

Sonia Cabell


Committee Member, (2020 – 2023)

Sarah McCarthey
Committee Member, (2021-2024)

Award Winners

Arlette Willis (2021)
Patricia Edwards (2020)

H. Teale (2019)

James V. Hoffman (2018)

Peter Johnston (2017)

Kris D. Gutiérrez (2016)

Elfrieda H. Hiebert (2015)

Susan B. Neuman (2014)

Yetta Goodman (2013)

Jerry Harste (2012)

Linda B. Gambrell (2011)

Lesley M. Morrow (2010)

Barbara M. Taylor (2009)

Taffy E. Raphael (2008)

Scott G. Paris (2007)

Michael L. Kamil (2006)

Annemarie Palincsar (2005)

Steven Stahl (2004)

Victoria Purcell-Gates (2004)

Robert Calfee (2003)

Connie Juel (2002)

Patricia Ann Alexander (2001)

Michael Pressley (2000)

Rebecca Barr (1999)

Kathryn H. Au (1998)

Donna E. Alvermann (1997)

Keith E. Stanovich (1996)

Robert Ruddell (1995)

Shirley Brice Heath (1994)

Kenneth S. Goodman (1993)

John T. Guthrie (1992)

Linnea C. Ehri (1991)

Ronald P Carver (1990)

P. David Pearson (1989)

Isabel Beck (1988)

Monte Penney (Citation of Merit — 1987)

Richard C. Anderson (1987)

Philip Gough (1986)

S. Jay Samuels (1985)

Harry Singer (1984)

Joanna P. Williams (1983)

J. Jaap Tuinman (1982)

George R. Klare (1981)

Edward B. Fry (1980)

Earl E Rankin (1979)

Paul C. Berg (1978)

Al Lowe (1975)

Homer L. J. Carter (1971)

George B. Schick (1970)

George D. Spache (1969)

Albert J. Kingston (1968)

Arthur S. McDonald (1967)