Dr. Malcolm and Diane Van Blerkom from the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown are the recipients of the College Reading and Learning Association (CRLA) Robert Griffin Award for Long and Outstanding Service. The award is one of the most distinguished awards given by CRLA. They were recognized at the CRLA annual meeting in Richmond, Va.
Dr. Van Blerkom is associate professor of educational psychology and interim chair of the Division of Education. He has worked at Pitt-Johnstown since 1988. He earned a BS in psychology, MS in educational psychology and PhD in educational psychology at Penn State and MEd in education at Kent State. He also is a member of the American Psychological Association and the American Educational Research Association. Last year he published a textbook titled, Measurement and Statistics for Teachers.
Mrs. Van Blerkom is assistant professor of education and has been at Pitt-Johnstown since 1989 where she teaches the College Study Strategies course. She earned a BS in secondary education-English and MEd in developmental and remedial reading at Penn State. She also is a member of the National Association for Developmental Education. She is the author of four textbooks on reading and study strategies; two of her texts are each in their sixth edition.
The Van Blerkoms have each been members of CRLA for about 15 years and have served the organization in a variety of capacities. They helped to establish the Media Advisory Board on which Mrs. Van Blerkom now serves. Among his other activities, Dr. Van Blerkom has also been a long-standing member of the organization’s Editorial Advisory Board. Both Van Blerkoms regularly present workshops and other sessions at the annual meeting.
In 2007, the Van Blerkoms also each received an award from CRLA for the Outstanding Article of the Year published in the Journal of College Reading and Learning.
Founded in 1927, Pitt-Johnstown is located in the Laurel Highlands of Western Pennsylvania and is the first and largest regional campus of the University of Pittsburgh. The University offers a high-quality educational experience in a supportive living-learning environment designed to prepare students for the real world of the 21st century. Pitt-Johnstown is recognized by U.S.News & World Report as a “Best Baccalaureate College” (2010), by the Princeton Review as a “Best Northeastern College” (2010), and by G.I. Jobs as a “Military Friendly School.”