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Mary Hoch, Ed.D.


Associate Professor, Reading & Language

Programs/Classes Taught:

Ed.D. in Teaching & Learning:  Reading, Language, and Literacy

Language, Linguistics, and Literacy


M.Ed. in Reading

Teaching Beginning Reading
Teaching Comprehension and Content Area Reading
Teaching Writing
Diagnosis and Assessment of Reading
Instructional Strategies for Literacy Interventions
Practicum A: Literacy Interventions for Elementary Students
Practicum B: Literacy Interventions for Secondary Students


M.A.T. in Elementary Education

Literacy Methods I: Grades K-4


Areas of Expertise:

  • Reading Assessment and Diagnosing Difficulties
  • Early Literacy
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Instructional Interventions
  • Literacy Tutoring


Dr. Hoch has been teaching at NLU since 2011, and has been Director of The Reading Center since 2012.  She teaches classes in literacy, including clinical courses.  She supervises practica in reading at Lisle, and oversees all clinical sites, which include North Shore and Chicago.

Before joining NLU, Dr. Hoch worked at several Joliet Public School sites in various capacities, including Assistant Principal, Curriculum Specialist, and Reading Teacher.  Additionally, she worked in general education as a classroom teacher at several southwest suburban elementary school sites.  Her entire elementary teaching and administration career was spent working with students of diverse backgrounds who struggle with learning.  Throughout her career, her focus has always been literacy learning.


Ed.D. Reading and Language, National Louis University, 2015
M.A. Educational Administration, Governors State University, 2005
B.A. Elementary Education, Lewis University, 1997

Research and Interests:

Dr. Hoch has authored practice-based publications, in collaboration with teachers and colleagues, which focus on instructional strategy design and implementation, including:

Hoch, M.L., & McNally, J.L. (2020). Empowering readers: Integrated strategies to comprehend expository texts. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield.

Hoch, M.L. McCarty, R., Gurvitz, D., & Sitkoski, I. (2018). Five key principles: Guided inquiry with multimodal text sets. The Reading Teacher, 72 (6), 700-710. doi:10.1002/trtr.1781.

Hoch, M.L., Davis, E., & Kotarba, C. (2018). Print to screen: A scaffolded approach to digital literacy development. Illinois Reading Council Journal, 46 (1), 25-39.

Hoch, M.L. (2017). Ready, set, talk! Facilitating productive small group discussions. Literacy Practice and Research, 42 (3), 51-57.

Hoch, M.L. (2015). Talking to learn: A formative experiment on constructing meaning through collaborative classroom interactions. Theses and Dissertations. Paper 116.

Nagel, C. & Hoch, M. (2014). Understanding power and fear - School integration in the South (1954-1964)., Available at

Hoch, M., Bernhardt, R., Murphy-Schiller, M., & Fisher, P.J. (2013). Three important words: Students choose vocabulary to build comprehension of informational text. Illinois Reading Council Journal, 41 (3), 3-12.

Most recently, she concluded a research study involving the use of digital reading and writing tools with students of all ages.  This study was conducted at NLU’s reading clinic, and included striving learners and ELs.  Her work contributed to a growing body of research on helping students experience success with literacy in a digital age.  Primarily, this work focused on providing a scaffolded approach to addressing critical online reading and writing skills.  She plans to continue to study literacy learning with digital technologies within the clinical setting.

Contact Information:

Lisle Campus


    NLU’s Chicago campus on South Michigan Avenue occupies five floors of the historic Peoples Gas Building. This landmark building, across the street from the Art Institute of Chicago and Grant Park, is easily accessible by train, bus and car and is surrounded by restaurants, parking lots/garages and shops.

    122 S. Michigan Avenue
    Chicago, IL 60603
    (888) 658.8632
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    Conveniently located in a fast-growing business district off I-90 and Route 31, NLU Elgin features 10 classrooms with high-tech media equipment; a computer lab with high-speed Internet access; two conference rooms; and comfortable student lounges. Parking is free at this recently remodeled and upgraded teaching site, which now includes wireless Internet access.

    620 Tollgate Road
    Elgin, IL 60123
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    Opened in the summer of 2006, NLU North Shore at Skokie is a state-of-the-art modern campus located just off the Edens Expressway near the Old Orchard Shopping Center. The campus includes 44 wireless classrooms equipped with high-tech media equipment; four computer labs with high-speed Internet access, including a walk-in lab in the library; six conference rooms; a public café for beverages and snacks; a student welcome center; a library for research and study; and multiple, comfortable student lounge areas.

    5202 Old Orchard Road
    Skokie, IL 60077
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    Located just minutes from the East-West Tollway (I-88), NLU Lisle features 42 wireless classrooms equipped with high-tech media equipment; four computer labs with high-speed Internet access, including a separate walk-in lab in the library; a café for beverages and snacks; a student welcome center; a library for research and study; conference rooms; and six comfortable student lounge areas with wireless access.

    850 Warrenville Road
    Lisle, IL 60532
    (888) 658.8632
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    Located in one of Chicago's major northwest suburbs, the newly renovated NLU Wheeling includes 20 classrooms with high-tech media equipment, four conference rooms, four computer labs with high-speed Internet access, large student lounge areas with wireless capabilities and interactive video capabilities, and an extensive research library. The site also houses the university library research collection.

    1000 Capitol Drive
    Wheeling, IL 60090
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    Established in 1988 and located in one of Tampa's major business districts, NLU's Florida Regional Center serves students in 13 counties in central Florida. In addition to its classrooms, the National Louis University Tampa Regional Center features a computer lab, student lounges, and conference room.

    5110 Sunforest Drive, Suite 102
    Tampa, FL 33634
    (800) 366.6581
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