Sept. 14, 1996
Shearer Named Top Education Prof
Elementary education associate Professor Brenda Shearer, a nationally recognized specialist in reading education, has been selected as the Outstanding Faculty Member of the College of Education & Graduate Studies at UW-River Falls.
The annual award is based upon significant contributions in teaching, service to their department, the College and University, professional activities, and other noteworthy faculty activities.
An Osceola resident, Shearer spent 13 years in Osceola Schools as a reading and learnings disability and gifted childrens program coordinator before joining UW-RF in 1992.
Shearer teaches elementary, middle and secondary school reading courses, supervises elementary student teachers and advises 43 undergraduate and 32 graduate students.
Shearer's extensive professional contributions include an active involvement with international, national, state and regional reading associations. She has been elected to district, state, regional and national field council positions within these organizations, including the St. Croix Valley Reading Council, Wisconsin State Reading Association and International Reading Association.
Shearer was the recipient of the International Reading Association Outstanding Service Award in 1993.
Since 1992, Shearer published journal articles on reading research, intervention, family literacy and whole language and has presented at numerous conferences at the state and national level.
Additionally, she has served on dozens of University committees, including Admission to Teacher Education, the Graduate Council, Academic Standards, Student Mentorship and the Wyman Concerts and Lectures Series.
Last year, Shearer implemented a multi-cultural education program between UW-RF, the Hillsborough Secondary School, and the Carriacou School District in Grenada, West Indies. Participating students and faculty gave cross cultural lessons, installed several Apple computers and trained the West Indian students and teachers on educational software.
Shearer received her Masters of Science in Reading and Learning Disabilities from UW-RF and a Ph.D. in Reading and Language Arts from the University of Minnesota.