James A. Erekson


School of Teacher Education
College of Education and Behavioral Sciences
University of Northern Colorado
Greeley, CO 80639
Office: (970) 351-1756

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Research Areas/ Interests

    Literature and interpretation, learning and development, oral language, children’s literature, learning to read, ethnographic research methods


  • 2000 Ph.D. Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan Educational Psychology: Learning and Development
  • 1993 B.A. Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah German Literature (major), Asian Studies (minor)

Selected Publications


  • Erekson, J.A. (in press, due for publication in Fall 2014). “How Corn Maiden Lost her Corn.” Marvels & Tales: Journal of Fairy Tale Studies, 28 (2). Acceptance received from editor, Donald Haase, Feb 23, 2013.
  • Erekson, J.A. (2010). "Prosody and Meaning." Reading Horizons. 50 (2), 80-98.
  • Erekson, J.A. (2009). “Putting Humpty Dumpty together again: when illustration shuts down interpretation.” Journal of Visual Literacy. 28(2), 145-62.


  • Erekson, J.A. (in press). Joyful teaching in Social Studies. (M.F. Opitz & M.P. Ford, Series Ed.). What if They Don’t Want To? Finding Engagement and Joy in Learning. Alexandria, Virginia: ASCD.
  • Opitz, M.F., & Erekson, J.A. (in press, 2013). Reading Diagnosis and Improvement: Assessment and Instruction, 7th ed . New York: Allyn & Bacon.
  • Opitz, M.F., Ford, M.P., & J.A. Erekson (2011). Accessible Assessment: How 9 Sensible Techniques Can Power Data-Driven Instruction. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann.
  • “Chapter 2: Effective Oral Reading Assessment Strategies for English Language Learners.” Invited co-authorship of chapter in Opitz, M. and Guccione, L. (2009). Comprehension and English Language Learners: 25 Oral Reading Strategies that Cross Proficiency Levels. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann.

Invited Publication:

  • “Parent’s Clipboard: Secondary.” Invited article twice yearly for Colorado Council of the International Reading Association, Parents & Reading Committee (Fall 2009-present, 3 issues).
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