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Linda B. Gambrell

Distinguished Professor of Education

Office: 864-650-2259
Phone: 864-650-2259
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Educational Background

PhD Curriculum and Instruction, Reading
University of Maryland 1973

M.Ed Curriculum and Instruction, Reading
University of Maryland 1970

BS Elementary Education
University of Maryland 1966


Linda B. Gambrell is Distinguished Professor of Education in the Eugene T. Moore School of Education at Clemson University where she teaches graduate and undergraduate literacy courses. She has served as a consultant in the area of reading/literacy development through out the United States and internationally. She also serves as a reading/literacy expert for Scholastic, Inc. and ePals. From 1999 - 2006 she was the Director of the School of Education at Clemson University. Prior to coming to Clemson University in 1999, she was Associate Dean for Research in the College of Education at University of Maryland. She began her career as an elementary classroom teacher and reading specialist in Prince George's County, Maryland. From 1992-97, she was a principal investigator at the National Reading Research Center at the University of Maryland where she directed the Literacy Motivation Project. She has served as President of the three leading professional organizations for reading, the International Reading Association, National Reading Conference, and College Reading Association. In 2004 she was elected to the Reading Hall of Fame. Her major research areas are comprehension and cognitive processing, literacy motivation, and the role of discussion in teaching and learning. Her research has been published in major scholarly journals including Reading Research Quarterly, Educational Psychologist, Elementary School Journal, and Journal of Educational Research. She was recently appointed co-editor of Reading Research Quarterly (2013-2017).

Courses Taught

ED 397 Creative Inquiry: Literacy Development
EDLT 459 Teaching Reading in the Early Grades (K-3)
EDLT 460 Teaching Reading in the Elementary Grades (2-6)
EDLT Content Area Reading (2-6)

ED 904 Introductory Doctoral Seminar II
EDLT 860 Reading Instruction in the Elementary School
EDLT 861 Fundamentals of Basic Reading
EDLT 862 Clinical Research in Reading
EDLT 869 Integrated Approach to Reading and Writing
EDLT 939 Theoretical Models of Reading
EDLT 943 The Reading-Writing Connection
EDLT 945 Special Problems in Reading Education

Research Interests

Reading Comprehension Instruction, Literacy Motivation, and the Role of Discussion in Teaching and Learning