All of Dr. Al Hazza’s professional interest rise from a unique collision of forces of being the child of Western European parents in middle America and her later formative experiences traveling and working across the globe. Dr. Tami Craft Al-Hazza, Associate Professor of Language, Literacy & Culture, specializes in the examination of the interplay between the early literary experiences of youngsters and their acquisition of literacy skills and inclinations which leads to broad reading interests. A second dimension of Dr. Al-Hazza’s research focuses the impact of representative works of world literature from many cultures, but she explores the particular features of Middle East literature as it occurs in this country. Placed in the context of her interests in minority children, she has explored the potential role of Middle Eastern literature on children’s perception of other cultures including dimensions of Arab narratives within the world perspective as they take form among young readers. Her most recent investigations examine preservice teachers' reading and digital practices and their motivation to read. She has published in various educational journals including The Reading Teacher, Middle School Journal and Preventing School Failure.
- Middle East Literature - Teacher's Early Literacy Environments-Pleasure Reading