Hitomi   Kambara

Assistant Professor  

Office: EEDUC 2.604
Phone: (956) 665-2808
Email: hitomi.kambara@utrgv.edu

Dr. Hitomi Kambara

Hitomi Kambara is an Assistant Professor of Literacy Education in the Department of Bilingual and Literacy Studies at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. Her research mainly focuses on reading motivation and practices across different racial and ethnic groups using quantitative and qualitative research as well as mixed-methods research.





Selected Publications


  • Lijun Jin, Jiening Ruan, and Hitomi Kambara. "Chinese 4th grade students’ motivation to read," 20th European Conference on Literacy , September 2018.

  • Ji Hong, Youyan Nie, Benjamin Heddy, Gumiko Monobe, Jiening Ruan, Sula You, and Hitomi Kambara. "Revising and Validating Achievement Emotions Questionnaire – Teachers (AEQ-T)," International Journal of Educational Psychology 5, no. 1 (2016): 80.

  • Jiening Ruan, Youyan Nie, Ji Hong, Gumiko Monobe, Guomin Zheng, Hitomi Kambara, and Sula You. "Cross-Cultural Validation of Teachers’ Sense of Efficacy Scale in Three Asian Countries," Journal of Psychoeducational Assessment 33, no. 8 (December 2015): 769-779.

  • Hitomi Kambara. Review of Ferlazzo and Sypnieski’s (2012) “The ESL/ELL Teacher’s Survival Guide”. Asian EFL Journal, 2013: 280-282.

  • Hitomi Kambara. "The needs of early English phonetic instruction in Japan," Japan Today, 2012.



Selected Grants and Fellowships


  • Maria Leija. Reflections on Teacher Education Practices of First-Year Tenure Track Professors at an HSI, 2017-2018 HSI SIRG Research Initiative, College of Education and P-16 Integration, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, $1,250.00 (September 2017 - August 2018)

  • Hitomi Kambara. Faculty Travel Program, Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty Affair & Diversity, UTRGV, $600.00 (October 1, 2017 - February 28, 2018)



Selected Presentations


  • Maria Leija, Gilberto Lara, Gerardo Aponte Martinez, and Hitomi Kambara. "Reflections on Teacher Education Practices of First-Year Tenure-Track Professors at a Hispanic Serving Institution," Hispanic Serving Institution, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, McAllen, TX (April 2018)

  • Hitomi Kambara. "Examining instructional practices in Japan through textual analysis: Awareness of Japanese educators about benefits of constructivist approaches," Association of Teacher Educators Annual Meeting, Association of Teacher Educators, Las Vegas, NV. (February 2018)

  • Hitomi Kambara and Ebru Karasu. "Re-thinking about teacher education programs from global perspectives," Association of Teacher Educators Annual Meeting, Association of Teacher Educators, Las Vegas, NV. (February 2018)

  • Hitomi Kambara, Jiening Ruan, and Lijun Jin. "A Comparative Study of Motivation to Read between American and Japanese Fourth Grade Students. ," Literacy Research Association (LRA) Conference, Literacy Research Association (LRA), Tampa, FL (November 2017)

  • Hitomi Kambara. " Literacies in Second languages: teaching and learning of English in international contexts, International Education Study Group," Literacy Research Association (LRA) Conference, Literacy Research Association (LRA), Tampa, FL (November 2017)

  • Hitomi Kambara, Jiening Ruan, and Lijun Jin. "Reading Motivation: The Difference between American and Japanese Fourth Grade Students. ," Literacy Research Association (LRA) Conference, Literacy Research Association (LRA), Tampa, FL (November 2017)

  • Hitomi Kambara. "Textual Analysis Study: Examining constructivist approaches in Japan ," The First Southwestern Texas Asian Symposium, Edinburg, TX (November 2017)

  • Lijun Jin, Jiening Ruan, and Hitomi Kambara. "Chinese 4th Grade Students’ Motivation to Read," 20th European Conference on Literacy 2017, Madrid, Spain (July 2017)

  • Hitomi Kambara, Jiening Ruan, and Lijun Jin. "Japanese Students’ Motivation to Read.," Literacy Research Association (LRA) Conference, Literacy Research Association, Nashville, TN (November 2016)

  • Hitomi Kambara and Jiening Ruan. "The National Center Test for University Admissions in Japan," Association of Teacher Educators (ATE) Conference, Association of Teacher Educators (ATE), Chicago, IL (February 2016)

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READ 3320 07 - Early Literacy Development:
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READ 3320 11 - Early Literacy Development:
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READ 3320 06 - Early Literacy Development:
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READ 3324 01 - Reading Comp & Assessment:
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READ 3320 01 - Early Literacy Development:
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