Ruie J. Pritchard, Ph.D.

I was a middle and high school and college teacher of English and Reading in Missouri and New Orleans before coming to NC State.  Currently, I am a Professor of Curriculum and Instruction, emphasis English Education. My responsibilities include working in graduate and undergraduate education as well as research. From 1983 to 2011, I  served as Director of the CAWP at NC State  , an award winning National Writing Project site that offers fellowships to K-12 teachers from all disciplines and grade levels to enhance their abilities as writers and teachers of writing.  For my outreach contributions in literacy, in 2002 I received the Alumni Distinguished Service Award, one of three on the NC State campus. For my research article on professional development in literacy, in 2003 she received Best Research Article from the National Staff Development Council.  I also established writing projects in New Zealand while I was on a Fulbright senior researcher award with the New Zealand Ministry of Education. My research areas include the teaching of writing, professional development of literacy teachers, and the school district organization that enables teachers to grow. I have a chapter devoted to the research on the process approach to teaching writing and the National Writing Project in Handbook of Research on Teaching Writing (2006), as well as a chapter on best practices on implementing a process approach in Best Practices in Literacy Instruction (2007).  In 2011, I took 28 North Carolina teachers with me to study Writing and Technology at the University of Surrey, Guildford, England.