Timothy Shanahan
Distinguished Professor Emeritus


  • Assessment
  • Early childhood and preschool
  • Reading and literacy
  • Writing

Timothy Shanahan is distinguished professor emeritus at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where he was founding director of the UIC Center for Literacy. He is also visiting research professor at Queens University Belfast in Northern Ireland. Previously, he was director of reading for Chicago Public Schools. He is author or editor of more than 200 publications, including the books “Teaching with the Common Core Standards for the English Language Arts” and “Early Childhood Literacy.” Shanahan is past president of the International Reading Association and received a presidential appointment to serve on the advisory board of the National Institute for Literacy. He helped author the Common Core State Standards, took a leadership role on the National Reading Panel – the third most influential education policy document, according to the Editorial Projects in Education Research Center – and chaired two other federal research review panels. Shanahan received the William S. Gray Citation for Lifetime Achievement and the Albert J. Harris Award for outstanding research on reading disability from the International Reading Association. He was inducted to the Reading Hall of Fame in 2007.