Professor Tom Nicholson from Massey University in New Zealand from will be visiting Institute for Positive Psychology and Education (IPPE) during February and early March.
Tom Nicholson gained his PhD at the University of Minnesota and worked at The University of Waikato and The University of Auckland where he held a personal chair in Education and was co-head of the School of Education before coming to Massey University's Auckland campus in 2006 where he is a Professor of Literacy Education.
In 2009 he was elected to the International Reading Association's Reading Hall of Fame - he is the fifth New Zealander to be elected to the Hall of Fame and one of two working at a New Zealand University.
He has generated more than 170 publications including 25 books. Recent authored and co-authored books include Phonics Handbook, Teaching Expository Text Structure, Teaching Reading Vocabulary, Teaching Reading Comprehension, Dyslexia Decoded, and the New Zealand Dyslexia Handbook.
He teaches in a range of areas including human development, research methods, language, literacy, and cognitive development, and the teaching of writing in the classroom.
Nicholson directed an after-school reading project for ten years attended by many hundreds of pupils needing help with learning to read and spell.
He is married, lives in Auckland, likes walking and jogging, cafes, the movies, and looking at art.