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members of the NCTE presidential team, key NCTE staff,
or experts on a wide variety of literacy topics,
please contact NCTE's Communications Staff.
Key NCTE Staff
Executive Director Kent Williamson
Kent Williamson, executive director of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), is a certified association executive with extensive administrative experience. He has led NCTE’s efforts to embrace strategic governance and become a more effective advocate for literacy education. Under his leadership NCTE has established numerous professional development, publishing, and digital teaching and learning initiatives, including the INBOX news service, Teach2000, ReadWriteThink.org, and the National Gallery of Writing/National Day on Writing Campaign. And now, Williamson also serves as director for the National Center for Literacy Education (NCLE), a project of the Ball Foundation and NCTE, carried out in cooperation with the leading national organizations for educators in all disciplines, researchers, school leaders, and out-of-school literacy specialists located in Urbana, Illinois.
As a volunteer leader he has served on the Executive Board of the Trust for Insuring Educators, a Section Council of the American Society for Association Executives, and locally, for the Champaign Urbana Schools Foundation. Prior to his NCTE service, Williamson served as executive director for the American Dairy Science Association, a development officer for the University of Tennessee Medical Center, and a Peace Corps Trainee in the Kingdom of Tonga.
He often speaks on NCTE's administrative policies, official Council positions, and organizational practices.
Director, Washington, DC, Office Barbara Cambridge
Before joining NCTE in 2005, Barbara Cambridge held various roles at the American Association for Higher Education, including director of the Assessment Forum, director of the Teaching Initiatives, and vice president for programs. She is professor emerita of English at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis and a former president of the National Council of Writing Program Administrators. Barbara is currently co-leader of the Inter/National Coalition for Electronic Portfolio Research and an Associate with the Carnegie Academy for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. She serves on the Boards of the Washington Internship Institute, the Teacher Education Accreditation Council, and the Irish National Academy for Research in Teaching and Learning.
Her areas of expertise include assessment of student learning, e-portfolios, peer review of teaching, and fostering the scholarship of teaching and learning.
Director of NCTE-West Dale Allender
Dale Allender is the director of NCTE’s West Coast office located on the campus of the University of California Berkeley where he teaches coursework in multicultural literature, urban education and literacy practices in out of school settings at the Graduate School of Education. Dale is also the executive director of the Bay Area Teachers Center, a single-subject credentialing service in partnership with San Francisco State University and Lick-Wilmerding High School. His scholarship includes work in multicultural literature, media literacy, and cultural studies. Dale advises on a variety of professional development and curriculum projects, such as The Independent Film Channel/Film School project, the Anti Defamation League’s Echoes and Reflections and A World a Difference Online. Finally, Dale has served as lead advisor or advisory board member for seven Annenberg/CPB professional development television series for English language arts educators. Other topics he is addressing are reading at the secondary level, multicultural education, and professional development for teachers.
He often speaks on topics related to secondary English language arts instruction, such as literature instruction, multicultural literature instruction, critical literacy, reading at the secondary level, and media literacy.
NCTE Anti-Censorship Representative Millie Davis
Millie Davis has more than 20 years of experience in the classroom, teaching at the high school and college levels.
Davis began her work with NCTE’s Anti-Censorship Program when she arrived at NCTE in 1989. She was instrumental in developing NCTE’s current system of response to challenges to instructional materials and in establishing NCTE’s collection of rationales for instructional texts. In addition, Davis continues to work with NCTE members developing and revising position statements to support NCTE’s belief in the student’s right to read and the teacher’s professional judgment in the selection of instructional materials and methods of instruction.
Through NCTE’s Intellectual Freedom program, Davis offers advice, resources, and letters of support for teachers who face censorship challenges or who want to prepare themselves in advance for such challenges (see NCTE’s Anti-Censorship Center).
Davis currently serves as Director of the Division of Communications and Affiliate Services for NCTE and often speaks on intellectual freedom and censorship, leadership and organizational management, and writing.