Biography and Career Highlights

Professor Reinking began his career as an elementary and a middle-school teacher during the 1970s. After receiving his doctorate from the University of Minnesota in 1983, he accepted a position in the Graduate School of Education, Rutgers University.  In 1985 he moved to the University of Georgia where he was a faculty member for 18 years in the Department of Reading Education, serving 10 years as head of that department. He was also a 

Distinguished Professor of Education at Clemson University for 14 years.


From 2001-2007, he served as co-editor of Reading Research Quarterly, the leading research journal for literacy research and one of the most widely circulated and influential research journals in education. From 1994 to 2000 he was Editor of the Journal of Literacy Research, another highly regarded research journal. He also served as lead editor for the Handbook of Literacy and Technology, which was awarded special recognition by the National Reading Conference and the American Library Association.


He has served as President (duties from 2007-11) of the National Reading Conference (now the Literacy Research Association), a leading professional organization for literacy researchers.  In 2008, he was inducted into into the Reading Hall of Fame associated with the International Reading Association.  In 2005 the College Reading Association awarded him the A.B. Herr Award for contributions to reading education.


His research has been supported by substantial federal funding.  For example, from 1992-1997 he was a principal investigator at the National Reading Research Center funded by the U.S. Department of Education.  From 2005-2008, he was a co-principal investigator for a project investigating adolescents’ reading comprehension on the Internet also funded by the Department of Education through the Institute of Education Sciences.


Reflecting his diverse interests in education, each May between 2000 and 2012, Professor Reinking led groups of American pre-service teachers in a cross-cultural experience that included working  with teachers and students in Italian schools and living with Italian host families.  That program received the 2009 Andrew Heiskell Award in the study abroad category from the Institute of International Education.