Faculty & Staff

Rona Flippo

Professor of Literacy, College of Education and Human Development International Reading Association's Board of Directors, 2012-2015


photo of Rona  Flippo

Additional Information

Dr. Flippo is Professor of Education in the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Massachusetts Boston. She teaches graduate courses in Literacy Diagnosis and Teacher Research. She has also been honored by being elected to the International Reading Association (IRA) Board of Directors for the 2012-2015 term. She is author of 17 books, her most recent ones include Assessing Readers: Qualitative Diagnosis and Instruction (2nd ed.)(2014) published by Routledge and the International Reading Association, Reading Researchers in Search of Common Ground: The Expert Study Revisited (2nd ed.) (2012) was recently published by Routledge, Handbook of College Reading and Study Strategy Research (2nd.ed.) (2009) published by Routledge, Preparing Students for Testing and Doing Better in School (2008) published by Corwin Press / Sage Publishers; and other fairly recent titles, published by Heinemann include: Personal Reading (2005), Texts and Tests (2004), Assessing Readers (2003), and What Do the Experts Say? (1999).

Dr. Flippo has also published over 100 articles and chapters in publications that include Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, The Reading Teacher, Reading Psychology, the Journal of Reading, the Reading & Writing Quarterly, the Phi Delta Kappan, Educational Leadership, and the Journal of Teacher Education.  She has done two educational television series, one series was based on her “Expert Study” and the other on her work with diverse learners of all ages. Dr. Flippo is on many professional journal editorial boards, she was the Chair of International Reading Association’s (IRA) Intellectual Freedom Committee (2004-2006), served on IRA’s Literacy Assessment Task Force (2011-2012), the Literacy Research Association’s (LRA)  Policy and Legislative Committee (2008-2012), Association of Literacy Educators and Researchers (ALER) Policy and Social Justice Committee (2009-2012), and has also recently served on IRA’s Issues in Literacy Assessment Committee, IRA’s Early Literacy Committee, IRA’s Family Literacy Committee, and was elected to the College Reading Association’s (CRA) Board of Directors (2006-2009). Additionally she was honored as a Literacy Champion (2006-2007) by the Boston Herald  and Verizon.


Dr. Flippo has taught from pre-school through college and university levels. She’s done numerous Keynote Addresses in the professional organizations as well as at colleges and universities in the US and overseas.  She is known for her ability to speak and write plainly and openly  to a wide range of audiences on a wide range of topics across grade levels regarding issues in education and literacy, assessment and instruction, student learning and motivation, and professional development. Dr. Flippo actively engages in professional development and mentorship with many colleagues at her university, and she immensely enjoys mentoring her own graduate students’ professional development.