Nancy Roser

Nancy Roser


Language & Literacy Studies


Office & Hours

Office: SZB 334M
Wednesday: 1:00-3:30 p.m.
And by appointment

(512) 232-2805

(512) 471-8460

Courses of Instruction
UGS 302 Through the Eyes of Children (a first-year Signature course)
EDC 390T  Children's Literature
EDC 384P  Art of the Picturebook
EDC 670EB Language Arts Methods

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

Full Vita
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Nancy L. Roser is Professor of Language and Literacy Studies, the Flawn Professor of Early Childhood, and Distinguished Teaching Professor at the University of Texas at Austin. A former elementary teacher, she now teaches undergraduate elementary reading and language arts, as well as graduate courses in teaching the English Language Arts and Childrens Literature. Her research interests include close inspection of children's book conversations in classrooms.


EdD  Indiana University

M.A.  Indiana University

B.A.  University of Evansville

Representative Publications

Young children’s literary meaning making: A decade of research 2000-2010 (in press).  In J. Larson & J. Marsh (Eds.), Handbook of Early Childhood Literacy, 2nd edition. London: Sage (with C. Dooley & M. Martinez).

Reading and writing the world using Beautiful Books: Language experience re-envisioned (2012). Language Arts, 89(5), 293-304 (with J. Hoffman)

2011 Notable children’s books in the language arts (2012). Language Arts, 89(4), 270-278 (with M. Hahn et al).

The power of picturebooks: Resources that support language and learning in middle grade classrooms (2001). Voices from the Middle, 19(1), 24-31.

What’s going on in children’s literature classes? An analysis of syllabi and a talk with some untraditional profs (2011). In A. Bedford & C. Giorgis (Eds.), The Master Class in Children’s Literature: Trends and Issues in an Evolving Field (pp. 3-21). Urbana, Illinois: National Council of Teachers of English.




Recent Awards

    Texas Excellence Teaching Award, 2001

    University of Texas at Austin Distinguished Teaching Professor, 2001-

    Indiana University School of Education Distinguished Alumni Award, 2001-2002

    Texas Council of Teachers of English Edmund J. Farrell Award (Lifetime Service), 2004

    Piper Professor Award, State of Texas, 2006


Current Research Projects and Grants

(current)  Vision Award: Young writers mentoring young writers

Research Interests and Expertise

Use  of  children's literature in literacy programs, Classroom discourse; response to literature

Boards, Committees and Associations

  • Chair, Early Literacy Committee, International Reading Association
  • Past-president, Children's Literature Assembly
  • Program committee, National Council of Teachers of English
  • 2011-2012 Notable Books in the Language Arts
  • Editorial Boards, The Reading Teacher, Language Arts, Journal of Chidlren's Literature,