February 3, 2011
Dr. Patricia Mathes, a professor at Southern Methodist University, received the Distinguished Alumni Award from the Baylor Alumni Association in a presentation on Friday, Jan. 21, in Waco. Former Texas governor Mark White—a 1962 Baylor graduate and 1965 law graduate—was emcee of the event.
The Distinguished Alumni Award, presented annually since 1965 as the highest honor the Baylor Alumni Association bestows, recognizes Baylor graduates whose records of service in their professions and vocations have merited the honor and acclaim of peers and colleagues.
Mathes is Texas Instruments Chair of Evidence-Based Education, Professor of Teaching and Learning, and Director of the Institute for Evidence-Based Education at SMU. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Baylor in 1984, a master’s degree in education at the University of Houston, and her doctorate in education and human development from Vanderbilt University. She has served on the faculties at the University of Texas/Houston Medical School, the College of Education at Florida State University, and the Peabody College for Teachers at Vanderbilt.
Mathes is an internationally respected reading expert. The research she began in 1991, funded in part by the U.S. Department of Education, proves it is possible to reduce the incidence of reading disabilities to less than 1 percent, and she has developed a curriculum to do just that.
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