International award given to UNK’s Judy Henning for study on high schoolers’ reading habits

KEARNEY – Assistant professor Judy Henning of the College of Education at the University of Nebraska at Kearney has been honored with the prestigious L. Anne Clyde Research Award.

The international accolade, presented at the 2023 International Association of School Librarianship and Research Forum Conference in Rome, Italy, recognizes outstanding research or theoretical contributions to the field of school librarianship.

Henning, who coordinates UNK’s school library graduate program, was lauded for her scholarly paper titled “Reading Perceptions of Intrinsically Motivated High School Juniors.”

Her research focused on understanding the reading habits of high school juniors who were intrinsically motivated to read for pleasure. The findings from her qualitative study are expected to guide school librarians and reading teachers in creating a culture that fosters the joy of reading.

The L. Anne Clyde Research Award serves as a symbol of excellence in the field, shining a spotlight on groundbreaking work that advances the knowledge and practice of school librarianship.

With 11 years of service at UNK, Henning’s educational background includes a Doctor of Education in educational organizational leadership with an emphasis on effective schools from Grand Canyon University in 2016. She also holds a Master of Arts in English education (1987) and Bachelor of Science in journalism/educational media education (1974), both from Kearney State College.

Former UNK faculty Sherry R. Crow, now at Fort Hays State University, collaborated with Henning on the research and also received recognition.