Devery Ward Named Director of the Anderson Reading Clinic

Dr. Devery Mock Ward, an associate professor in the Department of Reading Education and Special Education (RESE) at Appalachian State University’s Reich College of Education (RCOE), has been named director of the Anderson Reading Clinic. She served as assistant director from August 2014 until August 2018 when her appointment as director began.

RESE department chair, Dr. Woodrow Trathen, said, “Devery has been committed to the work we do in the Anderson Reading Clinic from the very first time she stepped onto the Appalachian campus as an MA student, and that commitment has grown stronger as she has progressed in her career. She is a gifted teacher: of clinic students, of Appalachian students, of faculty in our department. I am so pleased to see her move into the role of Director of the Anderson Reading Clinic.”

Devery has been committed to the work we do in the Anderson Reading Clinic from the very first time she stepped onto the Appalachian campus as an MA student, and that commitment has grown stronger as she has progressed in her career. She is a gifted teacher: of clinic students, of Appalachian students, of faculty in our department. I am so pleased to see her move into the role of Director of the Anderson Reading Clinic.

Ward earned a Ph.D. in special education from the University of Virginia, an M.A. in reading education from Appalachian State University, and a B.A. in international studies from University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. As a student at Appalachian, Ward was the recipient of the Uberto Price Reading/Language Arts Scholarship.

She joined the RCOE faculty as an assistant professor in 2006. Ward was promoted to associate professor in 2010. In addition, she currently serves as the Accelerated Admissions Coordinator for the reading education master’s program. Her area of research is dyslexia, and she teaches reading education courses for pre-service teachers and master’s candidates.

Prior to coming to Appalachian, Ward was an assistant professor of special education at the University of Iowa, an English teacher at Colorado Timberline Academy, special educator/literary specialist for Catawba County Schools, and student teaching supervisor and instructor at the University of Virginia.

Ward is a prolific author who regularly contributes to scholarly publications and is a sought-after presenter at regional, national, and international conferences. She has served in many leadership positions both at Appalachian and through her professional organizations.

In 2017, Ward served as the conference chair for the Board of Directors North Carolina Branch of the International Dyslexia Association. She is also a reviewer for the Editorial Board for Teaching Exceptional Children.

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