Dr. Kathleen Hinchman is Professor Emeritus of Education at Syracuse University. She is also a member of the ProLiteracy Worldwide Board of Directors and on the NAEP Reading 2026 Visioning and Development Panels. She has also served on the Board of Directors and as President of both the National Reading Conference, now the Literacy Research Association, and the New York State Reading Association.
Hinchman’s research interests include adolescent literacy, literacy teacher education, and students’ and teachers’ perspectives on literacy instruction. She has published several texts and numerous articles in such outlets as Reading Research Quarterly, Journal of Literacy Research, Journal of Education, Language Arts, and the Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy. She has served as co-editor of the Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy with Kelly Chandler-Olcott, and as co-editor of the National Reading Conference Yearbook, with Donald J. Leu & Charles K. Kinzer. She has reviewed for multiple publications, including Reading Research Quarterly, Journal of Literacy Research, Journal of Educational Research, and Literacy Research: Theory, Method, Practice. She has also been co-director of the Syracuse University Liberty Partnerships Program since 1989 in collaboration with the Syracuse City School District, a New York State Education Department grant that provides extracurricular support for middle and high school students’ success in and out of school.
Hinchman taught courses in K-12 literacy instruction and sociocultural perspectives on literacy, working at the State University of New York College at Oswego, University of Wyoming, and Oswego County Board of Cooperative Education Services prior to returning to Syracuse University where she earned her Ph.D. She was previously a college study skills instructor and middle school English and reading teacher in Central New York.