Thomas Bean is a professor in literacy/reading. Dr. Bean is considered a leading scholar in content area literacy. He is the co-author of 15 books, 21 book chapters, and 88 journal articles. He currently serves as co-editor of the International Reading Association Literacy Studies Series centering on the publication of high quality research monographs. He was recently honored with the UNLV College of Education Distinguished Research Award for his studies of reader responses to multicultural young adult literature in content area classrooms. He is the co-author of the International Reading Association position paper, Adolescent literacy: A position statement, designed to guide policy decisions aimed at increasing literacy development efforts for adolescents. Dr. Bean is currently serving as co-editor of the Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy.