Education professor recognized for research excellence by Royal Society of Canada

University of Alberta educational psychology professor George Georgiou is one of 52 new members from across Canada named to the Royal Society of Canada’s College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists.

A statement from the Royal Society of Canada notes, “George Georgiou is a world-class researcher examining reading development and dyslexia across languages. His research has brought us closer to a more realistic description of the processes involved in reading and has helped educators around the world reconsider the way reading is taught. Most importantly, his research offers practical hope and an excellent example of knowledge mobilization for the public good.”

Georgiou’s current research involves implementing early identification and best-practices interventions for elementary school students with significant reading difficulties. The literacy program developed through this research has been adopted by more than 20 public schools in Edmonton, as well as at schools in the Black Gold and High Level school districts.

“Dr. Georgiou’s focus on students who face the greatest reading challenges, and on preparing teachers to support those students in thriving academically at a crucial phase of their school experience, is a wonderful example of how research from our faculty can have real impact in classrooms,” said Dean of Education Jennifer Tupper. “This recognition from the Royal Society of Canada is well-deserved.”

The College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists is Canada’s first national system of multidisciplinary recognition for the emerging generation of Canadian intellectual leadership. Membership in the college acknowledges scholars who, at an early stage in their career, have demonstrated a high level of achievement.

Founded in 1882, the Royal Society of Canada recognizes excellence, advises the government and the larger society, and promotes a culture of knowledge and innovation in Canada and with other national academies around the world.