Lesley M.

Profile: Lesley M. Morrow

Distinguished Professor and Director of the Center for Literacy Development

Lesley Mandel, Morrow, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor and Director of the Center for Literacy Development, coordinates professional development within schools across the state of New Jersey and around the nation.

Morrow pursued an undergraduate education in Human Development and Early Childhood Education before earning her Master’s in Early Childhood and Elementary Education. She later went on to pursue a second Master’s to become a Reading Specialist and proceeded to obtain her Ph.D.  As the Director of the Center for Literacy Development (CLD), Morrow coordinates between five and six conferences a year, bringing in notable speakers who also address social justice and equity in education. She aims to keep current in her research and works with  English Language Learners (ELL) from at-risk communities. She strives to do this by building caring and informed communities. In addition to teaching, Morrow is part of editorial boards, including Reading Research Quarterly, and is the Editor-in-Chief for the center’s newsletter. She also created the Rutgers Reading Club, an after-school intervention program for struggling readers.  Dr. Morrow has over 300 publications in the form of books, chapters in books, and refereed articles.


B.S. in Human Development, Early childhood/Elementary Education, Syracuse University (xxxx)

M.A. Elementary Education, New Jersey City University (xxxx)

M.A. in Reading Specialist,  William Patterson University

Ph.D. in Education, Curriculum Design and Supervision, Fordham University (xxxx)

Expertise & Research Interest

Early childhood literacy development

Research Work With Students

Early literacy development dealing with motivation, fluency, classroom environments, and professional development.

All of my research involves students.

Recent & Selected Publications

Morrow, L.M. 2020, (9th edition) Literacy Development in the Early Years: Helping Children Read and Write.

Morrow, Kunz and Hal, (2018) Breaking Through the Language Arts Block: Organizing and Managing an Exemplary Literacy Day. NY: Guilford

Morrow, L.M., Doughter, S, Tracey, D.,  (2018) Best Practices in Early Literacy: Preschool, Kindergarten and First Grade in Best Practices in Literacy Development 6th Edition. Gambrell, L .and Morrow, L.M. (2018)  NY: Guilford Press

Tracey D. & Morrow, L.M. (2017,  3rd edition) Lenses in Reading: An Introduction of Theories and Models, New York: Guilford Publications.

Morrow, L.M. (2016) Language and Literacy Elements  in 2015 First Through Third Grade Implementation Guidelines. pages 49-58.  New Jersey Department of Education.

Morrow, L.M., Kunz, K. (2016) The Common Core State Standards for Literacy Research and Instruction. in Literacy Research and Instruction ,55, 2, pages 131-133. Routledge: PA.Gambrell, L.B., Morrow, L.M. & Roskos, K. (2016). Oral Language and Comprehension in Preschool: Teaching the Essentials.

LaBrocca, R. & Morrow, L. M. (2016) Embedding Vocabulary Development into the Art Experience. Reading Teacher: Newark, Delaware, International Literacy Association

Honors & Awards

2016                    Special Service Award from the International Literacy Association,

2010                     Oscar Causey Award for Outstanding Research Contributions to the field of Literacy from the Literacy Research Association

2009                     International Reading Associations lifetime award for scholarship and Service call the William S. Gray Citation of Merit Award

2009                     GSE Alumni Association Distinguished Faculty Award

2006                     Inducted into the Reading Hall of Fame

2001                     Rutgers University Merit Increment for Academic Service of Superior Quality (2004, 2003, 2002, 2000, 1999, 1998, 1997, 1993, 1991, 1987, 1984, 1982)

2000                     New Jersey Reading Association's Special Service Award

2000                     Graduate School of Education Alumni Association Award for Service

1996                     Fordham University Outstanding Alumni Achievement Award

1996                     North Jersey Reading Association's Literacy Award

1995                     International Reading Association's Outstanding Teacher Educator

1993                     Graduate School of Education Alumni Association Award for Excellence in Teaching

1991                     The Warren I. Sussman Award for Excellence in Teaching from Rutgers University

1988                     Educational Press Association of America Award for Distinguished Achievement for Excellence in Educational Journalism for Emerging Literacy: Young Children Learn to Read and Write (1989).  International Reading Association: Newark, Delaware (with Dorothy Strickland)

1988                     Alumni Association Graduate School of Education Research Award

1970                     Kappa Delta Pi Honor Society, Nominated for membership by students and faculty at St. John's University



Professional Affiliations

  • College Reading Association
  • National Writing Project
  • Reach Out and Read
  • International Reading Association
  • National Association for the Education of the Young Children
  • National Council of Teachers of English
  • National Council of Research in English
  • National Reading Conference