Emily Hoffman

Emily Hoffman

Assistant Professor of Early Childhood, Youth, and Family Studies

Curriculum Vitae


Room:TC 633

About Emily Brown Hoffman

Emily is a former early childhood teacher, holding a National Board for Professional Teaching Standards Certification in Literacy: Reading-Language Arts for Early and Middle Childhood.

Her research spans and joins the areas of early childhood literacy teaching and learning and both online & face to face teacher education and professional development. She considers how traditional and alternative professional learning experiences can empower and improve the instructional capacity of early childhood teachers, exploring the collaborative potential that digital technologies bring to the learning contexts of both children and teachers.

Interested in early childhood literacy leadership & policy, she is committed to investigating sustainable professional development ventures that address the need for high quality early childhood literacy teaching and learning.

Achieving Academic Excellence

Great teachers change lives. But what’s the best way to prepare aspiring elementary educators to be classroom heroes? That question inspires Emily Brown Hoffman every day. Read more of her story.


Ph.D., Curriculum & Instruction, Literacy, Language, & Culture

University of Illinois at Chicago

M.Ed., Instructional Leadership, Policy Studies

University of Illinois at Chicago

B.S., Elementary Education

Valparaiso University

Research & Publications

Hoffman, E. B., & Whittingham, C. E. (2016). A neighborhood notion of emergent literacy: One mixed methods inquiry to inform community learning. Early Childhood Education Journal. 45(2), 175-185.

Whittingham, C. E., Hoffman, E. B., & Rumenapp, J. C. (2016). “It ain’t ‘nah’ it’s ‘no’": Preparing preschoolers for the language of school. Journal of Early Childhood Literacy. Advance online publication.

Teale, W.H., Hoffman, E. B., Whittingham, C. E., Paciga, K. (2018). Starting them young: How the shift from reading readiness to emergent literacy has influenced preschool literacy education. In C. M. Cassano & S. M. Dougherty (Eds.), Pivotal research in early literacy. New York, NY: Guilford Press.

Course Schedule
Course No. Section Times Days Location
Kindergarten Educati 440 1 1300 - 1350 M W F TC, room 106
Sch, Fam and Com Par 630 800 0000 - 0000 OL, room ONLINE
Intro to EC Educatio 640 800 0000 - 0000 OL, room ONLINE