Angela S. Rutherford has more than 30 years of experience in public education. For the last fifteen years, she has served as a professor at the University of Mississippi (UM). During this time, she has held the position of Director of the Center for Excellence in Literacy Instruction and managed multiple grant projects focused on providing technical assistance and professional development. Within those grant projects, she has collaborated with states, districts, and schools for program development, design, implementation, and evaluation. She has consulted and advised states, districts, and schools in the implementation of evidence-based literacy programs, including the implementation of successful literacy programs for disadvantaged students in low-performing, high-needs, rural schools and districts. She is a nationally certified trainer of Language Essentials for Teachers of Reading and Spelling (LETRS) and has presented modules since 2010. In addition, she has actively served on numerous national, regional, state, and local committees and task forces all focused on ensuring that students receive equitable access to effective teachers.
Education: B.S. Elementary Education–University of Southern Mississippi; M.Ed., Leadership and Administration–University of Southern Mississippi; Ph.D., Reading Education–Auburn University