Hitomi   Kambara

Assistant Professor  

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

Dr. Hitomi Kambara

Dr. Hitomi Kambara is an Assistant Professor of Literacy Education in the Department of Bilingual and Literacy Studies in the College of Education and P-16 Integration at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. She received her Ph.D. in Instructional Leadership and Academic Curriculum with specialization in Language and Literacy Education at the University of Oklahoma. Prior to joining UTRGV, Dr. Kambara worked with struggling readers and writers who have diverse backgrounds at the University of Oklahoma Reading Clinic and also with Reading Intervention Programs in Oklahoma Public School Districts. Dr. Kambara's research interests include reading motivation and practices across different racial and ethnic groups, sociocultural impacts on learning and teaching, and teacher self-efficacy.

  • Areas of Expertise

    • Reading Motivation and Attitudes
    • Mixed Methods Research
    • Elementary Literacy Development and Instruction
    • Literacy and Culture in Diverse Communities
    • Literacy Education in International Contexts
  • Education

    • PhD, Instructional Leadership and Academic Curriculum, The University of Oklahoma, 2016
    • MEd, Instructional Leadership and Academic Curriculum, The University of Oklahoma, 2012
  • Currently Teaching

    RLIT 6305 01R - Conducting Literacy Research:
    Syllabus
    Course Evaluations
    Textbooks
    READ 3320 11 - Early Literacy Development:
    Syllabus
    Course Evaluations
    Textbooks




Selected Publications


  • 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.

  • Lijun Jin, Jiening Ruan, and Hitomi Kambara. "Chinese 4th grade students’ motivation to read," Madrid, Spain: 20th European Conference on Literacy 2017 Processing (In Press), .



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


  • 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)

  • Ji Hong, Benjamin Heddy, Gumiko Monobe, Jiening Ruan, Youyan Niu, Sula You, and Hitomi Kambara. "Revising and Validating the Achievement Emotions Questionnaire –Teachers (AEQ- T)," American Psychological Association, Toronto, Canada (August 2015)

Current Courses

RLIT 6305 01R - Conducting Literacy Research:
Syllabus
Course Evaluations
Textbooks
READ 3320 11 - Early Literacy Development:
Syllabus
Course Evaluations
Textbooks

Previous Courses