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Kouider Mokhtari, Ph.D
Anderson-Vokelja-Wright Endowed Chair 
Program Director


Title: Anderson-Vukelja-Wright Endowed Professor
Department: Education
Building: HPR 266
Email: kmokhtari@uttyler.edu



  • Interdisciplinary Ph.D. 
(Applied Linguistics, Cognitive Psychology, Curriculum & Instruction, with Specialization in Reading)
Ohio University, Athens, Ohio (1987)

  • Master of Arts, Applied Linguistics and TESL, Ohio University, Athens, Ohio (1984)

  • Bachelor of Arts, English Language & Literature, Université Med V, Rabat, Morocco (1981)




Kouider Mokhtari is the Anderson-Vukelja-Wright Endowed Professor of literacy education at the University of Texas at Tyler, Texas, where he engages in research, teaching, and service initiatives aimed at advancing literacy instruction and increasing students' literacy achievement outcomes.

Kouider’s research focuses on the acquisition of language and literacy by first and second language learners, with particular emphasis on children, adolescents, and adults who can read but have difficulties understanding what they read. This research has been published in various literacy research and practice journals.

One of Kouider’s co-authored books, Preparing Every Teacher to Reach English Learner (Harvard Education Press), received the 2013 American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE) Outstanding Book Award. Kouider was the recipient of the 2014 International Reading Association John C. Manning Public School Service Award.

Courses Taught


Curriculum Vitae


Muthukrishnan Sathyamoorthy, Ph.D
Professor of Engineering
Program Director

Title: Associate Dean and Professor and Interim Chair
Department: Department of Mechanical Engineering
Building: RBS 2007 and RBN 2043
Email: msathy@uttyler.edu


  • M. Tech, Mechanical Engineering Indian Institute of Technology 1970

  • Ph.D., Aeronautical Engineering Indian Institute of Technology 1973


Research Interests

  • General Areas of Solid Mechanics

  • Nonlinear Analysis of Beams

  • Plates and Shells

  • Composite and Stiffened Structures

  • Aircraft Structures

  • Mechanisms

  • Thermal Stresses

  • Finite Element Methods

  • Experimental Investigations

  • Vulnerability Analysis


Dr. M. Sathyamoorthy has over 40 years of experience as a teacher, researcher and administrator. Prior to coming to UT Tyler in August 2006 as Associate Provost for Academic Affairs, he was a Professor and Dean of Engineering at West Virginia University Institute of Technology in Montgomery, West Virginia. He also served as Chairman of the Department of Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering at Clarkson University, Potsdam, New York from 1997 to 2001. He earned his Ph.D. in Aeronautical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology at Madras, India, in 1973, worked as a Research Fellow at the University of Birmingham, England, and taught at IIT, Madras as well as at the University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada before coming to Clarkson University in 1979. He has published over 120 research papers in international journals and conference proceedings and is the sole author of a majority of his refereed published journal papers.

He is a Fellow of ASME, Aeronautical Society of India and an Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. He played a leading role in ASME at the local, regional and national levels for over 25 years serving on national committees, organizing technical sessions, and contributing to various other professional activities. He is the recipient of the 1993 National ASME Faculty Advisor Award and the ASME Dedicated Service Award in 1999. He also received three teaching awards, the Distinguished Teaching Award from Clarkson University in 2001, the Pi Tau Sigma Mechanical Engineering Distinguished Teaching Award in 1992, and the Tau Beta Pi Faculty Award in 1997. He also received the Outstanding Advisor Award in 1993. He is listed in Who’s Who in Technology, Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in Worldwide, Who’s Who Registry, Who’s Who in Frontiers of Science and Technology, and Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers.


Betty Rose
Program Coordinator

"Yes, I am interested in the position," I answered Dr. Mokhtari, without knowing who he was or anything about the job description. I thought he was a nice man from the university who had come to pick up my book donation.


I was retired and hadn't written a children's book in ten years. I was tired of moving 600 books, from one place to another. I was tired of looking at them. The books were no longer of any use to me. Or, were they? 

I decided to trust my instincts and accept Dr. Mokhtari's offer, and I couldn't be happier being the Program Coordinator for the K-16 Literacy Center. I love working with the Born to Read program. It is such a rewarding experience to be able to help young families create an at home reading environment for their children. I love it when the little ones come to the Literacy Center to pick out their favorite books. Their smiling faces as they head for the bookshelf make it all worthwhile.

A Message from our Program Director:


Dear Born-To Read (BTR) Parents,

Welcome to the BTR program!!!

As we begin the fourth year of the BTR program, I want to thank the families and their children who have participated in the program since its inception in 2017, and to welcome our new cohort of families and their children who will start the program in 2021. I have been at UT Tyler for ten years now and I can say without any reservations that BTR has been a highlight of my career and one of the most rewarding programs in which I have participated. In 2017, I was approached by Dr. Muthukrishnan Sathyamoorthy, UT Tyler professor of mechanical engineering and past president of the Tyler Sunrise Rotary Club, about forming a Born to Read program at the University to promote early childhood literacy in East Texas.

In 2019, Mrs. Betty Rose, a children’s author, and retiree, joined the BTR family as the K-16 Literacy Coordinator. She brings an array of skills and talents that have helped enrich and strengthen the program, whose objective is simple: Empower and support families to raise children as readers.

Parents or guardians of children up to age 5 are provided free training, resources, and ongoing support. In return, they read to and with their children for 15 minutes a day and keep track of their progress throughout the year.

Parents who participated in the program in previous years reported significant improvements in their children’s literacy behaviors such as awareness of print concepts, interest in reading and word recognition skills.

Research shows that exposing children to books at an early age has long lasting positive effects on brain development. A great way to set the stage for children’s learning is to read to and with them frequently starting at birth.

As we begin a new BTR program year, I want to invite you to browse through our BTR website, which has more information about the program as well as access to resources, tips, and guidelines to support your children’s early language and reading development at home.

I would like to also encourage you to visit the http://readaloud.org and the https://firstbook.org websites to view thousands of children’s books organized by topic, interest, and age groups, and access free activities and resources to support your children’s reading.

Finally, I want to take this opportunity to thank the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, the Tyler Sunrise Rotary Club, the K-16 Literacy Center for their sponsorship and support of the program.

Thanks for investing valuable time and effort supporting your children’s reading development at home. Your efforts will make a big difference. When your children start kindergarten, they will be ready to learn and succeed in school and in life.

Looking forward to working with you.

Kouider Mokhtari, Ph.D

Anderson-Vukelja-Wright Endowed Professor

Director, K-16 Literacy Center