- John W. Ryan Award for Distinguished Contributions to International Programs and Studies (1996)
Harry Gradman began his 47-year career at IU Bloomington as a graduate student in the Department of English in 1964. He graduated cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Miami University with a B.A. in history earlier that year. He received an M.A. in English literature and accepted a teaching assistantship in the Department of Linguistics’ English as a Second Language Program in 1966. He became a faculty member in the School of Education’s Urban and Overseas English Program in 1969, and was chair of the department by 1972. During this period, he also earned a graduate certificate in applied linguistics and a Ph.D. in linguistics in 1970. He was a visiting assistant professor of education and linguistics at the University of New Mexico during the 1971-1972 academic year, was appointed an assistant professor of education in 1971, and was promoted to associate professor of education in 1975. He received tenure, was appointed to the faculty of the Graduate School, and became director of the Center for English Language Training in 1976. He became an associate professor of linguistics, with tenure, and chairperson of the Department of Linguistics in 1979. During this time, he also established the groundwork for what would later become the Department of Second Language Studies at IU. Gradman retired in 2006 with the title of professor emeritus of second language studies.
Gradman received the John W. Ryan Award for distinguished contributions to international programs and studies in 1996.
Gradman passed away in Bloomington, Indiana, on September 30, 2011.