Counseling and Special Education

Ruth Harris Professorship in Dyslexia Studies

VCU President Michael Rao stands with Dr. Paul Gerber, the latest recipient of the Ruth Harris Endowed Professorship in Dyslexia Studies.

Established in 2007 and endowed in 2010, the Ruth Harris Endowed Professorship in Dyslexia Studies seeks to enhance the work in the field of language learning and reading disabilities, with a focus on dyslexia. It is the first endowed professorship for the VCU School of Education.

Dr. Paul J. Gerber is the current Ruth Harris Professor of Dyslexia Studies. The professorship supports his research and work with doctoral students pursuing careers in dyslexia studies, and sponsors an annual lecture by nationally prominent researchers in the area of dyslexia education and related fields.

Ruth S. Harris is a former educator and noted dyslexia expert. With her husband, Dr. Louis S. Harris, she established a family foundation to support research and training in dyslexia and biomedical sciences. Mrs. Harris served as the academic coordinator at Riverside School for 13 years and currently serves as the schools’ academic consultant.

Ruth Harris Dissertation stipend

Doctoral candidates whose dissertation work is focused specifically in the area of  learning disabilities and/or dyslexia are eligible for a $1,000 stipend. The stipend is awarded in two parts: half after passing the dissertation prospectus hearing, and half upon completion of the dissertation. For more information, please contact Dr. Paul Gerber at (804) 828-1332 or pjgerber@vcu.edu.