Salli Forbes, Ph.D.

Director, Richard O. Jacobson Center for Comprehensive Literacy & Professor, Literacy Education
(319) 273-6597

Department of Curriculum and Instruction
University of Northern Iowa
Cedar Falls, IA 50614-0603

Areas of Expertise: 
  • Emergent Reading
  • Reading Difficulties
  • Reading Recovery 
  • Partnerships in Comprehensive Literacy


Research Interests: 

Effective Elements of Professional Development for Inservice Teachers
Development of Reading Fluency in Beginning Readers
Motivation and Engagement of Students in Reading and Writing


$11,000,000 Gift from the Richard O. Jacobson Foundation for establishment of the Richard O. Jacobson Center for Comprehensive Literacy

$3,096,233 Sub-award, as a partner in the U.S. Department of Education Investing in Innovations Grant "Reading Recovery: Scaling Up What Works", to train 250 Reading Recovery teachers in Iowa in the next 5 years, create one new site and prepare one new Reading Recovery teacher leader.


B.A., Marycrest College, Davenport, IA
M.A., The University of Iowa
Ph.D., The University of Iowa