Ph.D., University of Wyoming
D. Ray Reutzel is the Emma Eccles Jones Endowed Chair, Distinguished Professor, and Director of the Emma Eccles Jones Early Childhood Education and Research Center. He has formerly served in a variety of administrative roles as a department chair, associate dean, and vice-president for academic affairs and provost. Dr. Reutzel is the author of more than 220 refereed research reports, professional articles, book and handbook chapters, books and handbooks, and monographs in reading, literacy and early childhood education. He has received more than 10 million dollars in external and internal grants and contracts from public and private sources. He is an elected member of the international Reading Hall of Fame and conducts research on early literacy in grades K-3. He has received numerous international and national awards and recognitions including the 1999 A. B. Herr Award for contributions to reading education, the 2007 John C. Manning Public School Service Award for research and service in literacy education to public schools, and the 2013 ALER Laureate Award for substantial contributions to the mentoring of other researchers. He has served on the boards or as an executive officer to the International Reading Association (IRA); Literacy Research Association (LRA), and the Association of Literacy Educators and Researchers (ALER). He has been editor of The Reading Teacher and Literacy Research and Instruction journals and is currently serving as Executive Editor of the Journal of Educational Research. His philosophical stance is pragmatism and empiricism leading to literacy research projects that employ mixed methods designs and the collection and analysis of qualitative and quantitative data.