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Member Spotlight: Tracey S. Hodges

Tracey S. HodgesTAA member Tracey S. Hodges is an Assistant Professor at the University of Alabama and an academic author in the literacy discipline.

She most recently published an article entitled “Transacting with characters: Teaching children perspective-taking with authentic literature” which details a study conducted with her co-authors Erin McTigue, Katherine Landau Wright, Amanda Franks, and Sharon Matthews. To date, she has published 13 journal articles. 

What are you currently working on?
Currently, I am preparing manuscripts from several studies with collaborators and graduate students.

Share a recent accomplishment.
I just completed my first year as an assistant professor at the University of Alabama, and I am enjoying this position a lot.

What is your favorite textbook writing tip or strategy?
My favorite book about academic writing is “Becoming an Academic Writer: 50 Exercises for Paced, Productive, and Powerful Writing” by Patricia Goodson. This book is packed with helpful strategies for writing, and I feel like I am continually growing in my writing craft. My graduate students also love it!

What is your best TAA experience so far?
Every year, my favorite part of TAA is the conference. There is something wonderful about being in a space devoted to writing with people who are excited about it, too. I always leave feeling inspired and having learned more.