Jo Worthy

Jo Worthy

Professor, C&I Graduate Advisor

Language & LIteracy Studies


Office & Hours:

Office: SZB 436A
Monday: 1-4
Wednesday: 1-4
Thursday: 1-4
Please email me for an appointment

(512) 565-8638

(512) 471-8460

Courses of Instruction
Research in Reading
Foundations of Educational Research
Methods of Reading Instruction
Reading Difficulties
The Importance of Interest in Learning and Life (Freshman Signature Course)

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


Jo Worthy, a former elementary and middle school teacher, is in the language and literacy program area. She teaches classes focusing on literacy development, pedagogy, and research in the teacher preparation and graduate programs. Her major research and teaching interests are reading interests and preferences, alternatives to ability grouping, and bilingual education.


PhD, University of Virginia

Representative Publications

Worthy, J., De Julio, S., Svrcek, N., Villareal, D., Leekeenan, K., Derbyshire, C., Wiebe, M., Lammert, C., Rubin, J., & Salmeron, C. (In Press). Teachers’ perspectives, understandings, and experiences around dyslexia. Yearbook of the Literacy Research Association.

Worthy, J., Nuñez, I., & Espinoza, K. (2016). “Wow, I get to choose now!” A longitudinal study of bilingualism and biliteracy in a young adult. Bilingual Research Journal, 39, 20-34.

Worthy, J., Maloch, B., Hungerford, H., Semingson, P., & Hampton, A. (2015). What are the rest of the students doing? An examination of literacy centers in first grade classrooms. Language Arts, 9, 173-186.

Worthy, J., Durán, L., Hikida, M., Pruitt, A., & Peterson, K. (2013). Spaces for dynamic bilingualism in read-aloud discussions: Developing and strengthening bilingual and academic skills. Bilingual Research Journal, 36, 311-328.

Worthy, J., Chamberlain, K., Peterson, K., Sharp, C., & Shuh, P. (2012). The importance of read-aloud and dialogue in an era of narrowed curriculum: Literature discussions in a second-grade classroom. Literacy Research and Instruction.

Worthy, J., Consalvo, A. L., Bogard, T., Russell, K. W., & Shipman, S. (2012). Restorying: Fostering academic and social growth in a primary literacy workshop: Elementary School Journal, 112, 568-589.

Worthy, J. (2010). Only the names have been changed: Ability grouping revisited. Urban Review, 42, 271-295.

Recent Awards

Dean’s Distinguished Teaching Award, College of Education, University of Texas, 2014

Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award, University of Texas System, 2014

Current Research Projects and Grants

Teachers’ Understandings, Perspectives, and Experiences with Dyslexia

Teachers Educators’ Understandings, Perspectives, and Experiences with Dyslexia

Language practices and attitudes of bilingual young adults: A longitudinal study of factors that influence Spanish maintenance and bilingualism

Research Interests and Expertise

Dyslexia and Reading Challenges
Alternatives to Ability Grouping
Reading Interests and Preferences
Bilingual Education

Boards, Committes and Associations

Co-editor of National Reading Conference (NRC) Yearbook: 2000-2006

Editorial Review Boards: Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy, The Reading Teacher

Journal Reviewing: Elementary School Journal, Reading Research Quarterly, National Reading Conference Yearbook

American Educational Research Association (AERA), Division C Secretary, 2006-2008

AERA program chair for Division C, Section I, 2005-2006

McCarthey-Dressman Educational Foundation, 1999-2013

Associate Editor of Educational Researcher, 1998-2000