Lou Ann Sears research interests include history of literacy. She frequently presents at three events: the History of Reading Study Group session at the International Reading Association convention, the Pennsylvania Council of Teachers of English and Language Arts conference, and the History of Reading Study Group at the Literacy Research Association conference (formerly the National Reading Conference). Since 1989, she has been teaching College Composition although she began teaching at the high school level in 1983. She has a PhD in Reading Education, a MA in English, a BS in Secondary Education (English), and an AA in General Studies. Her teaching experience includes high school, community college, four-year institution, and graduate level. She is a recent recipient of the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg Faculty Service Award. Some of her publications can be seen at www.historyliteracy.org. In addition, she is actively involved in reviewing and editing for the College Literacy and Learning Special Interest Group of IRA and is a regular contributor of book reviews for the History of Reading News.