D. Ray Reutzel is Dean of the College of Education at the University of Wyoming. Previous to his current position, he was the Emma Eccles Jones Distinguished Professor and Endowed Chair of Early Literacy Education at Utah State University for 14 years. He is the author of more than 225 published research reports in top-tier research journals, articles, books, book chapters, and monographs. He is the co-author of the best-selling textbook on the teaching of reading, Teaching Children to Read: The Teacher Makes the Difference (7th ed., 2015). He has received more than $16.5 million in research/professional development funding. He has been active in securing legislative and private foundation gifts in excess of $25 million. He is a past editor of Literacy Research and Instruction and The Reading Teacher and the current executive editor of The Journal of Educational Research. He received the 1999 A. B. Herr Award and the 2013 ALER Laureate Award from theAssociation of Literacy Researchers and Educators. Dr. Reutzel served as president of the Association of Literacy Educators and Researchers (ALER) from 2006–2007. He was presented the John C. Manning Public School Service Award by the International Reading Association in May 2007 in Toronto, Canada, and served as a member of the Board of Directors of the International Reading Association from 2007–2010. Dr. Reutzel was a member of the Literacy Research Association’s Board of Directors from 2012–2015 and is a member and recently elected President of the International Reading Hall of Fame.