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Kathy N. Headley

Kathy N. Headley
Immediate Past President

Kathy N. Headley is professor of literacy education at Clemson University in South Carolina. In her current role as senior associate dean, Kathy provides leadership for the Division of Collaborative Academic Services in the College of Education and the College of Behavioral, Social, and Health Sciences.

Kathy's professional expertise includes adolescent literacy and writing with specialized interests in comprehension and vocabulary. She has published articles in The Reading Teacher, Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy,and ALAN Review. She coedited Adolescent Literacy, Field Tested (International Reading Association, 2009) and Comprehension Instruction: Research-Based Best Practices (3rd ed.; Guilford, 2015).

Prior to her election to the IRA Board of Directors (2010–2013), Kathy served as both president and state coordinator for the South Carolina State Council of the International Reading Association. Currently, she chairs the Adolescent Literacy Committee for ILA.