Jim-pictureThank you for visiting my website. I am a professor in the Department of Language and Literacy where I teach and conduct research in the areas of early literacy and family literacy. My other interests include working with children and adults who struggle with literacy learning and issues of social and economic disadvantage. My research has been supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the UBC Hampton Foundation, the Canadian Council on Learning, and the UBC Humanities and Social Sciences research fund. I have been involved with the development of a number of family literacy initiatives including Parents As Literacy Supporters with Fiona Morrison and Literacy for Life with Victoria Purcell-Gates and colleagues. I continue to work with a number of MA and Ph.D. students doing innovative work in early literacy/family literacy.