VANCOUVER, Wash. – Stephen B. Kucer, associate professor of language and literacy education in the College of Education at WSU Vancouver, is winner of the 2011 Chancellor’s Award for Research Excellence.
 
The award recognizes exceptional scholarly activity by Vancouver faculty. Nominees are selected for their research quality, quantity and impact on the community.
 
Kucer will give an address, “What is the Link Between Discourse Processing and Discourse Comprehension? Or, Do Reading Mistakes Really Interfere With Understanding?” at 4:15 p.m. Thursday, April 14, in the Firstenburg Student Commons as part of the campus’ annual Research Showcase.
 
Kucer’s scholarly interests focus on: the nature of multiliteracies; the relationship between how texts are processed and how they are comprehended; and the impact of text structure and text content on comprehension.
 
As a member of the National Council of Teachers of English Commission on Reading, he edited and contributed a chapter to the book, “What Research Really Says about Teaching and Learning to Read” (NCTE, 2008). The book examines the “official” views of the teaching and learning of reading – those endorsed by the National Reading Panel, No Child Left Behind, and Reading First initiatives – and challenges the assumptions on which these views are based.