Marino C. Alvarez is professor emeritus in the Department of Teaching and Learning of the College of Education and a senior researcher, Director of the Exploring Minds Project, in the Center of Excellence in Information Systems at Tennessee State University. He received his Associate in Arts degree from the Junior College of Albany, Albany, New York and his Bachelor’s of Arts degree from Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado. His masters and doctoral (Ed.D.) degrees are from West Virginia University in Morgantown, West Virginia.
His interest in content literacy stems from his years as a middle and secondary school social studies teacher. Dr. Alvarez has conducted numerous in services and workshops in middle and secondary schools. He has served on international and national committees, editorial advisory boards such as Reading Research Quarterly, Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy, The Reading Teacher, Journal of Literacy Research, National Reading Conference Yearbook, and was a Past President of the College Reading Association and Past Chair of the Action Research Special Interest Group of the American Educational Research Association. His publications appear in edited chapters and in journals such as Reading Research Quarterly, Reading Research and Instruction, United Kingdom Reading Association, Teaching Exceptional Children, the National Association of Secondary School Principal, Handbook of College Reading and Study Strategy Research, and Handbook of Research in Teaching Literacy through the Visual and Communicative Arts. He was a member of the Adolescent Literacy Commission of the International Reading Association.
He is the recipient of the Laureate Award given for life-time achievement in research, publications, and teaching by the Association of Literacy Educators and Researchers, and the Albert J. Mazurkiewicz Service Award for outstanding service to the College Reading Association. Dr. Alvarez is a co-author with Bob Gowin of The Art of Educating with V Diagrams published by Cambridge University Press, New York and Cambridge UK, and The Little Book: Conceptual Elements of Research published by Rowman & Littlefield.
Professor Alvarez is a Sherlockian and an invested member of the Nashville Scholars of the Three Pipe Problem the Nashville Fresh Rashers, the Beacon Society, and The Sherlock Holmes Society of London. He has published in the Baker Street Journal, and is the author of A Professor Reflects on Sherlock Holmes, MX Publishing, London.
Professor Alvarez is the only recipient of both the Teacher-of-the-Year and the Distinguished Researcher-of-the-Year Awards at Tennessee State University, and the first faculty recipient awarded professor emeritus. He was twice voted the "Most Inspiring Teacher" in the College of Education in a student election held by the TSU Student Teacher Education Association.
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