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Our Research

‌‌As part of our mission, The Reading Center at National Louis University is committed to supporting academic scholarship through innovative and practical approaches.  Our projects include collaboration among faculty members, graduate students, members of our campus communities, and other colleagues who share in our core values of access, innovation, and excellence.  Our work has led to many publications and presentations that contribute to the field.  Be sure to check out some of our recent contributions:


Hoch, M.L., & McNally, J.L. (2019). Empowering readers: Integrated strategies to comprehend expository texts. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield.


Hoch, M.L., McCarty, R., Gurvitz, D., & Sitsokski, I. (2018). Five key principles: Guided inquiry with multimodal text sets. The Reading Teacher (in print). 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 Journal46(1), 25-39.


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


Fisher, P. J., Sendelbach, K., & Schwartz, R. (2016). Literacy Tutoring Online. Illinois Reading Council Journal44(3), 13-22.


Nagel & Hoch - Understanding Power & Fear: School Integration in the South (1954-1964)

ILA Bridges Unit


Fisher, P., & Bates, A. (2013). Teaching storytelling in a clinical setting. Journal Of Reading Education39(1), 1-7.

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 Journal41(3), 3-12.


    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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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