Robert T. Jimenez (Inducted 2015)

Vanderbilt University, United States


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Biographical Statement

Robert T. Jiménez, a professor at Vanderbilt University and former president of the Literacy Research Association, is the recipient of IRA’s Albert J. Harris Award, NCTE’s Alan C. Purves Award, and three Fulbright awards. Jiménez’s research on literacy practices in Mexico reveals how these have been shaped by historical and globalizing influences. These influences can be seen in the publicly displayed texts found throughout immigrant communities. Jiménez has shown how pre- and in-service teachers can collect and use these multilingual, transnational texts to more thoroughly engage EL students in their literacy learning. In addition, he and his colleagues developed an instructional approach called TRANSLATE in which students are taught to carefully select and translate key statements in literature, explain their translations, and connect these to text-level understandings. In earlier work, he showed that high performing bilingual readers leverage their knowledge of two languages by code switching, translating, and overtly transferring information from one language to another. Jiménez then showed that lower performing bilingual readers can learn the bilingual reading strategies and understandings displayed by more knowledgeable peers. He regularly publishes both invited and peer-reviewed work in The Reading Teacher, JAAL, and Reading Research Quarterly, as well as many other journals.