Julie Ankrum and a team of colleagues to were awarded the Area 3 Best Paper Award at the seventieth annual Conference of theLiteracy Research Association. The presentation, titled "Adaptive Teaching Observation Protocol (ATOP): Examining Expert Teachers of Literacy Instruction," was presented at the virtual conference on December 3, 2020.

Members of the team included Margaret Vaughn (University of Idaho), Aimee Morewood (West Virginia University), Seth Parsons (George Mason University), and Allison Ward Parsons (George Mason University). The team presented their paper describing an observational research study of expert teachers' instructional adaptations while teaching literacy.

Ankrum serves as associate professor in the Department of Professional Studies in Education. She is the coordinator of the MEd in Literacy/Reading Specialist Certification program and director of the Bill and Judy Scheeren Literacy Center.