Patricia G. Mathes, Ph.D. is the Texas Instruments Chair of Evidence-Based Education and a Professor of Teaching and Learning within the Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development at Southern Methodist University. A former classroom and reading teacher, she received her Ph.D. Peabody College of Vanderbilt University and has served on the faculties of Pediatrics at the University of Texas – Houston Medical School, the College of Education at Florida State University, and Peabody College for Teachers at Vanderbilt University. She is an educational scientist who conducts large-scale classroom based reading intervention research with funding from multiple sources including the U.S. Department of Education, the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, the National Science Foundation, as well as state agencies and foundations. She has most recently focused her attention of scaling research findings though her company, the e-Learning Universe (www.e-learninguniverse.com).
Dr. Mathes is the recipient of many awards including: the 2011 Distinguished Alumni Award from her undergraduate alma mater, Baylor University; the 2005 Albert J. Harris award from the International Reading Association; the 2002 Interpretive Scholar award from the American Educational Research Association; the 2001 Distinguished Early Career Researcher award from the Council for Exceptional Children, and the 1999 Samuel A. Kirk award from Council for Exceptional Children Division of Learning Disabilities. She is the author of numerous articles, chapters, and books, and curricular materials related to reading and reading disabilities, accommodating academic diversity, and best practices for struggling readers. Likewise, she serves the Editor of the Annals of Dyslexia, sits on the Board for the Council for Learning Disabilities, is on the editorial board of several scholarly journals, and provides nationwide teacher/staff development focused on translating research into practice.