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Ellen Jampole Retires from Literacy Department


Ellen S. Jampole of Cortland, N.Y., who has served SUNY Cortland for 20 years, will retire on Dec. 31. She has been designated professor emerita of literacy.                  

Jampole, who received the State University of New York Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Faculty Service in 2008, joined the College faculty as an assistant professor in 1990. In 1996, she was promoted to associate professor and, in 2002, to professor.

She served as assistant chair for the Education Department from 2001-02, assistant director or interim director of graduate studies from 2002-04 and acting Literacy Department chair during the Spring 2007 semester.

Jampole played an integral role as a member of SUNY Cortland’s National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) Executive Board during the three years preceding the last major accreditation review. She has been a member of the Teacher Education Committee since its inception in the late 1990s. A past member of the Faculty Senate, Jampole co-chaired the Senate’s Committee on Committees. In addition, she has served on and chaired the Graduate Faculty Executive Committee, the School of Education Personnel Committee, as well as many other committees.

Jampole has presented at the International Conference on Education as well as the International World Congress and the Conference on the Book. Throughout her professional career, she has been an active member of professional organizations, including the International Reading Association, National Council of Teachers of English and the Foxfire National Organization.

A strong advocate of international education, Jampole also was active on several international committees at SUNY Cortland, and has served as the international coordinator for her department. She taught at the University of Ballarat, in Ballarat, Australia, on sabbatical during the Spring 2008 semester.

She has written 44 peer-reviewed articles and editorial essays appearing in publications including the Journal of Creative Behavior, Reading NewsCRA and Journal of Reading Education.

Jampole earned the Chancellor’s Award for providing outstanding leadership and service to SUNY Cortland as well as to the field of literacy education. In 2010, she received the Albert J. Mazurkiewicz ALER Special Services Award from the Association of Literacy Educators and Researchers, formerly the College Reading Association, an international organization founded by and for literacy experts in 1958. Jampole joined their Board of Directors in 1992. She chaired the CRA’s 50th annual meeting in 2005 and was president in 2006. She currently fulfills the duties of the organization’s historian.

She was editor of the newsletter Literacy News (formerly Reading News) for nine years, and serves as a program reviewer and is on the editorial board for the College Reading Association Yearbook as well as the journal Literacy and Research Instruction.

Jampole also currently serves on the International Reading Association’s Intellectual Freedom Committee. For two years, she was co-editor of the Language and Literacy Spectrum, the journal of the New York State Reading Association.

Jampole earned a B.S. in English/secondary education and an M.A. in reading from Appalachian State University. She received a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction with a focus on reading from Louisiana State University.

She and her husband, Dan, will move to Myrtle Beach, S.C. They have two grown children, Katherine Jampole and Michael Jampole.