Biography: Joyce Nelson specializes in English education, focusing her research on literacy education, reading in the content area, writing and writing across the curriculum, the teaching of thinking, and responding to literature; and she consults nationally in these areas. She taught part-time at BYU for ten years, and is now in her sixth year as a member of the BYU faculty. She is currently the section leader of English education. She as twice received the Student Alumni Award for Excellence in High School Teaching from BYU, a Presidential Teacher Award from the United States government, the Meritorious Teaching Award, Humanities, from the Utah Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters, an Outstanding Teacher Award from the University of Chicago, a KSL Teacher-of-the-Day award, and the Excellence in Language Arts Award, Utah Council of Teachers of English. She was selected as First Runner-Up, Utah Teacher of the Year, and she received a nomination to the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards and to the Advancement of Teaching Board, Carnegie Forum on Education and the Economy. She was selected by the Japan Foundation to be one of twenty educators to study education in Japan. She is listed in Who's Who in American Education. She is currently on the writing committee for the National Council for Excellence in Critical Thinking and has recently participated with the National Critical Thinking Association. Her current research is on the foundations of literacy as extended to the adolescent learner and adolescent literacy--what works and why.