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2010 Distinguished Early Career Research Award


Dr. Stephanie Al Otaiba is the recipient of the 2010 Distinguished Early Career Research Award. The award recognizes individuals who have made outstanding scientific contributions in special education, in basic and/or applied research, within the first 10 years following receipt of the doctoral degree. Dr. Al Otaiba is an Associate Professor in the School of Teacher Education at Florida State University and on the Research Faculty of the Florida Center for Reading Research, also at Florida State. She received her Ph.D. in 2000 from Peabody College, Vanderbilt University. In the years since her graduation, Dr. Al Otaiba has been the author or co-author of 31 peer-reviewed journal articles, 10 book chapters, and multiple training manuals. She has presented her work at the most prestigious professional conferences and has received funding from multiple agencies to support her research and the training of other researchers. Dr. Al Otaiba's work is programmatic in its focus on prevention of early reading difficulties, response to intervention, reading instruction for children with disabilities and for Latino students, and improvement of general and special education teacher preparation. The CEC-DR is pleased to recognize Dr. Al Otaiba as an exemplary early career leader in the field of special education. Her award, co-sponsored by the Hammill Institute on Disabilities, includes $1,000 presented at the CEC-DR Awards Ceremony and Reception at the 2010 CEC Convention and Expo, a one-year complementary membership in CEC-DR, and an invited presentation at the 2011 CEC Convention and Expo.

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