A Message from Dean Alfred Tatum
February 5, 2018
The UIC College of Education community is saddened by the death of William H. “Bill” Teale, EdD, University Scholar, administrator and researcher, who passed away on February 3, 2018 at his home. Professor Teale served on the College of Education’s faculty for 23 years, joining UIC as Professor of Reading, Writing, and Literacy (now Language, Literacies, and Learning) and Director of the UIC Reading Clinic in 1995. Visit Bill's faculty profile page.
Since that time, Professor Teale has served as chair of the Department of Curriculum & Instruction and coordinator of the MEd Language, Literacies and Learning program. His most recent administrative appointment was Director of the Center for Literacy, an appointment that he held since 2013. Outside of UIC, he served in many roles that included Chief Reading Advisor for Chicago Public Schools (2002-2004) and Chief Education Office of In2Books in Washington (2003-2004).
Professor Teale received numerous awards and honors that include President of the International Literacy Association (2016-2017), University Scholar at the University of Illinois (2013), Reading Hall of Fame of the International Reading Association (2003) and the President’s Distinguished Achievement Award for Research at the University of Texas at San Antonio (1995).
Professor Teale’s work focused on early literacy learning, the intersection of technology and literacy education, and children’s literature. In the area of early childhood education, Bill Teale collaborated with schools and libraries across the country; with organizations such as Children’s Television Workshop, RIF, the Council of Chief State School Officers, and Reach Out and Read. Bill also served as editor of Language Arts (1990-1997) and the Illinois Reading Council Journal (1998-2004).
Most recently, Professor Teale led the Center for Literacy, which provides community-based services to families of Head Start Children and conducts research on various aspects of early language and literacy development.
Professor Teale received his doctoral degree in Reading Education and English Education from the University of Virginia.
Professor Teale was a towering figure in the national and international literacy community. He will be missed dearly by faculty, staff, students and community members who had the pleasure of being touched by his scholarship, mentorship and friendship.
The College of Education will provide more information about services planned for Professor Teale as they become available.
Arrangements are also being made for counseling services for those who wish to talk to a counselor.