Ernest Dishner, Ph.D.

Professor Emeritus of Reading, School of Behavioral Sciences and Education
Office Phone: +1 717 948 6367
Office Location: Olmsted Building, W314
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Ernest K. Dishner received his Ed.D. degree in Reading Education from the University of Georgia in 1973 and has held teaching and administrative positions at Arizona State University, Delta State University, and the University of Northern Iowa. From 1984 until 1990, he served as Professor and Dean of the School of Education at Southwest Texas State University, and he served four years as Associate Provost and Dean of the Faculty at Penn State Harrisburg (1990-1994).

A former elementary and secondary teacher, Dr. Dishner is co-author of Reading Strategies and Practices: A Compendium (4th edition), published by Allyn and Bacon Publishing Company, and is co-editor of Reading in the Content Areas: Improving Classroom Instruction (3rd edition). Among other professional activities, he has served as an elected member of the Board of Directors of both the College Reading Association and the Teacher Education Council of State Colleges and Universities. In addition, he has served as Chair of the Publications Committee of the College Reading Association and as an active member of several committees of the International Reading Association and the American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education. He currently serves as Associate Editor of Reading Research and Instruction, the journal of the College Reading Association.

Research Interests
Content area reading
School reform issues
The use of technology in different learning environments
The recruitment and retention of a diverse teaching force