Bweikia Foster Steen, Ed.D., associate professor of education at George Mason University. [View Image]
Established in 2007 and endowed in 2010, the Ruth Harris Professorship seeks to enhance the work in the field of language learning and reading disabilities, with a focus on dyslexia. It is the first endowed professorship for the VCU School of Education.
The professorship supports research and work with doctoral students pursuing careers in dyslexia studies, and sponsors an annual lecture by nationally prominent researchers in the area of dyslexia education and related fields.
Ruth S. Harris is a former educator and noted dyslexia expert. With her husband, Dr. Louis S. Harris, she established a family foundation to support research and training in dyslexia and biomedical sciences. Mrs. Harris served as the academic coordinator at Riverside School for 13 years.
Doctoral candidates whose dissertation work is focused specifically in the area of learning disabilities and/or dyslexia are eligible for a $1,000 stipend. The stipend is awarded in two parts: half after passing the dissertation prospectus hearing, and half upon completion of the dissertation.