Jim Hoffman

Jim Hoffman


Language & Literacy Studies


Office & Hours

Office: SZB 334E

(512) 232-5267

(512) 471-8460

Mailing Address
The University of Texas at Austin
Curriculum & Instruction
1 University Station
Austin, TX 78712-0379
UT Mail Code: D5700


James Hoffman is a Professor of Language and Literacy Studies at The University of Texas at Austin. He directs the undergraduate reading specialization program in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction. In addition, he teaches graduate courses focused on literacy research. Dr. Hoffman is a former editor of The Reading Research Quarterly and The Yearbook of the National Reading Conference. He has served as President of the National Reading Conference and as a member of the Board of Directors of the International Reading Association. Dr. Hoffman was an affiliated scholar with both the National Reading Research Center (NRRC) and the Center for the Improvement of Early Reading Achievement (CIERA). He was elected to the Reading Hall of Fame in 2002 and served as President of this organization from 2008-2010. Dr. Hoffman served as the chair for the International Reading Association’s Commission and the “Prepared to Make a Difference” research project. The primary focus for his research has been on teaching and teacher preparation. Dr. Hoffman has published over 150 articles, books and chapters on literacy related topics. He has been active in international literacy projects in Central American, Africa and Asia.



Ph.D., The University of Missouri at Kansas City

Representative Publications


Why EGRA --a Clone of DIBELS-- will Fail to Improve Literacy in Africa. (Vol. 46, No. 4, pp 340-357) Research in the Teaching of English.

From Writing the Word to Reading the World Using Beautiful Books: Language Experience Re-Envisioned (in press). Language Arts.

Multilingual Practices, Critical Literacies, and Visual Culture: A focus on African Contexts. Hoffman, Rogers, Sailors & Tierney Reading Research Quarterly (Volume 46, issue 4, pp. 389-398).

Opportunity Matters: The Ithuba Writing Project in South African Schools. Sailors, Makalela, Hoffman. Voices from the Middle, Vol. 18, No. 1, September 2010.

The Effects of First and Second Language Instruction in Rural South African Schools Bilingual Research Journal, Volume 33, Issue 1 January 2010 , pages 21 - 41

Reading Fluency: Neglected or Corrupted? Yearbook of the National Reading Conference. 2008.

South African Schools that Promote Literacy Learning with Students from Low-Income Communities. With Misty Sailors, Reading Research Quarterly; Jul-Sep2007, Vol. 42 Issue 3, p364

Prepared to make a difference: Teachers' Preparation to Teach Reading and Their Experiences and Practices in the First Three Years of Teaching. (2005) Elementary School Journal, Vol. 105, No. 3.


Balancing Principles for Elementary Reading Instruction (2000) Lawrence Erlbaum and Associates.

The Texts in Elementary Classrooms. with Diane Schallert, Lawrence Erlbaum and Associates, 2005.

Changing Perspectives on Reading Instruction (2010). with Y. Goodman, Routledge, & International Reading Association.

International Handbook of English Language and Literacy Teaching (2010). with D. Wyse & R. Anderson, Taylor Francis.


Hoffman, J., Maloch, B., & Sailors, B. (2011). Researching the teaching of reading through direct observation: Tools, Methodologies, and Guidelines for the future. In M. Kamil, P.D. Pearson, Elizabeth Moje & P. Afflerbach. (Handbook of Reading Research, Vol. IV. Routledge. (pp. 3- 33).

Content analysis in literacy research: The past, present and future (p. 28-49). Hoffman, J. V., Wilson, M., Martinez, R., & Sailors, M. (2011). In N. K. Duke & M. H. Mallette (Eds.). Literacy Research Methodologies, 2nd Edition. New York: Guilford.

The Effective Classroom Literacy Environment (2010) with M. Sailors. In D. Wyse, R. Andrews & J. Hoffman (Eds.) Handbook of International English Language Literacy Teaching.

In Search of the “Simple View” of Reading Comprehension. In G. Duffy & S. Israel (Eds.) Handbook of Research on Reading Comprehension. (2009). 

Research Interests and Expertise

My interests focus on three areas: (1) Teacher preparation, (2) The classroom literacy environment, and (3) Promoting literacy achievement in developing countries.

Methods: Descriptive, correlational, experimental, content analysis, program evaluation.