Language and Literacy Studies

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Program Area Coordinator
Jim Hoffman

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Program Area Advisor
Jo Worthy

Language and Literacy Studies are called many things—English, Language Arts, Reading, Literacy—and its complexity and significance is increasing more than ever in the 21st century. Our faculty and students contribute to the ways literacy education is changing in digital environments within an increasingly diverse communication landscape.

Our master’s and Ph.D. programs focus on educational research in the ways children learn, and re-learn how to read and compose in an evolving world. This includes an increase in the number of genres, media, cultures, and languages within a community. Our programs give educators the opportunity to think deeply about teaching and learning in diverse classrooms and communities. We provide students with theoretically sound, research-based ways of growing their knowledge of Language and Literacy Education. Students in our program go on to become certified teachers, professors, and policy influencers for education.


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Bonnie M. Elliott

Clinical Assistant Professor

Helps educators clear vision of how they want to teach before going out to their first professional jobs.

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Jim Hoffman


Focuses on teacher preperation, the classroom literacy environment and promoting literacy in developing countries.

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Deborah Kelt


Brings her experience in literacy education to UT with a specialization in preparing secondary teachers to work in urban schools.

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Grace MyHyun Kim

Assistant Professor

Studies literacy, language, and multicultural education, especially involving new media and globalization.

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Beth Maloch


Catherine Mae Parker Centennial Professor in Education

Examines literacy teacher preparation, specifically the role of coaching and mentoring that occurs inside programs.

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Allison Skerrett

Associate Professor

Focuses on secondary english and literacy education in urban contexts, including among transnational youth.

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Melissa R. Wetzel

Associate Professor

Focuses on how preservice teachers integrate critical literacy and culturally relevant practices into field-based literacy teaching.

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Jo Worthy


Teaches classes on literacy development, research, and pedogogy, with an interest in alternatives to ability grouping.