Dr. Margaret Hale

Dr. Margaret A. Hale


Title: Clinical Full Professor & Executive Director, Professional Leadership EdD in CUIN

Department: Curriculum & Instruction

Program: Literacy Education

Office Number: 466D FH

Phone: 713-743-5037

Email: mhale@cougarnet.uh.edu


Dr. Margaret Hale is a clinical professor in the Department of Curriculum & Instruction at the University of Houston and Executive Director of the department’s Professional Leadership EdD. She is a recognized expert on literacy issues, with a focus on middle grade and young adult readers and is actively involved in creating opportunities to connect students with books and authors. As a former public school teacher at both the kindergarten and middle school levels, Hale’s current work builds upon her earlier experiences with teaching children to read and write and ensuring they continue to enjoy reading as they enter middle and high school; to that end, she leads professional development opportunities for public school districts to demonstrate effective practices for teaching reading and writing. She has developed university courses on children’s literature and adolescent literature, as well as a literacy leadership course for graduate students.

Her belief in the power of reading as a foundational skill key to creating smart, ethical leadership inspired her to found and spend a decade as co-director of the Tweens Read Book Festival, an annual festival aimed at students in grades 5-8 featuring young adult authors. She also created and writes for the Whispering Spines website, which helps teachers stay abreast of new children’s and young adult literature.

Hale has shared her expertise on literacy and book banning with a variety of media outlets, including Houston Landing and the Houston Chronicle. She is a longtime member and former president of the Texas Council of Teachers of English Language Arts and has written extensively for the group’s newsletter, as well as a member of the National Council of Teachers of English. She also is an advisory board member of the Houston Mayor’s Office of Adult Literacy, the former editor of English in Texas and a member of the Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate.



B.S. in Education, Texas Woman's University, 1991
M.Ed. in Reading, Sam Houston State University, 2008
Ed.D. in Curriculum and Instruction, University of Houston, 2011