JERRIE COBB SCOTT received her Ph.D. in linguistics from The University of Michigan and is professor of urban literacy and Director of the Reading Center at the University of Memphis. She is the author of numerous professional publications and co-editor of English Language Arts for the Black Learner and of Affirming Students’ Rights to Their Own Language: Bridging Educational Practices to Language/Language Arts Teaching Practices, soon to be released. Dr. Scott is principal investigator of “ Genre Writing and Question Posing: Enhancing Literacy Learning of English and Standard English Learners,” funded by the National Council of Teachers of English Research Foundation. She is also Co-Principal Director of a Math, Assistive Technology, and Reading (MATR) grant, funded by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission.
Dr. Scott is an active member of several professional organizations, including the National Council of Teachers of English, where she has served as director and member of the Commission on Language, the International Reading Association, and the American Education Research Association and senior editor of Tennessee’s Children, a state journal of the Tennessee affiliate of the National Association for the Education of Young Children.
Dr. Scott is the founder and national director of the African American Read-In Chain and its affiliate, The African American Reading Fest. The African American Read-In Chain began in 1989 and has been operational since its inception, making it one of the longest running literacy promotion campaigns in the country. The African American Read-In Chain attracts participants from all States, including Hawaii and Alaska, as well as from groups in the West Indies, Australia, Germany, and Ghana. She has also been instrumental in setting up partnership literacy promotion campaigns with groups such as the National Council of Teachers of English and its Black Caucus, the International Reading Association, the National Parent Teacher Association, and the Reading is Fundamental program. For her work with literacy campaigns, she has received numerous awards, including The University of Memphis Outstanding Service Award, The Dallas County Community College’s Literacy Leaders Award, the Tennessee Higher Education Commission’s Distinguished Educator’s Award, the Women of Honor award from the Women's Foundation of Memphis, and the University of Memphis' Martin Luther King Jr. Human Rights Award.