Leslie W. Crawford was the Dean of the John H. Lounsbury College of Education at Georgia College from 1996-2001. He received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley in 1967 and specialized in Reading/Language Arts instruction, as well as Psycholinguistics. His research specializes in reading instruction to a variety of audiences, primarily multicultural classrooms and ESL classrooms. He conducted post-doctoral work at Arizona State University in Bilingual Reading with Dr. Sarah Huddleston in 1979.
Prior, Dr. Crawford received his B.S. in Elementary Education and M.S. in Elementary Education from Montana State University, Billings. He taught elementary education in Montana and Arizona before returning to obtain his Ph.D. At the college level, Dr. Crawford taught at universities in Minnesota, Moorhead and St. Cloud, and New York, SUNY-Potsdam. At Potsdam Dr. Crawford served as Dean of Education and Graduate Studies and at Moorhead he directed the elementary education program, served as chairman of the Education Department, and developed and directed the English as a Second Language Program.
He completed sabbatical work with the Manchester Writing Program while working for the Manchester Metropolitan University, Didsbury School of Education in Great Britain. This program was part of a nationally funded program with children ranging from preschool to young adults. He now delivers graduate reading program to school districts for Georgia's advanced reading certification program.
Dr. Crawford has published numerous articles in a variety of journals, as well as texts including Language and Literacy in the Multicultural Classroom (Allyn & Bacon), Someday you will no all about me: Young Children's explorations in the world of Letters with Anne Robinson and Nigel Hall (Heinemann), Read for Real, Grades 4-8 (Zaner-Bloser), and Strategies for Writers, Grades 1-8 (ZanerBloser).