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Fang, Zhihui

School of Teaching and Learning
College of Education

University of Florida
2-286 Norman Hall
PO Box 117048
Gainesville, FL 32611
Fax: 352-392-9193

Research Biography

Dr. Zhihui Fang is Professor of Education in the School of Teaching and Learning at the University of Florida. He is author of over 100 publications that include books, book chapters, and refereed journal articles, as well as roughly 300 refereed, invited, keynote, and featured presentations at national and international venues. He has served as author, column editor, editorial board member, or guest reviewer for over 40 leading national and international journals in language/literacy education and allied fields. His expertise includes language and literacy education, English teacher education, and functional linguistics in education. His recent research explores different ways knowledge and ideology are constructed in different academic disciplines, the challenges these ways of using language present to reading comprehension and written composition, and evidence-based approaches and strategies for addressing these challenges. He has been active in promoting “a linguistically informed, responsive, and embedded pedagogy” for literacy education. He was recently featured on Faculti (https://faculti.net/using-functional-grammar-in-english-literacy-teaching-and-learning/), an international digital forum that “delivers the latest breakthroughs, research news and academic insight, communicated by the world’s leading figures.”


Ph.D., Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, USA (1997)

M.A., Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA (1995)

M.A., Xiamen University, Xiamen, Fujian, China (1991)

B.A., Xiamen University, Xiamen, Fujian China (1988)

Key Professional Appointments

Assistant to Full Professor, University of Florida (1997 – present)

Selected Awards & Honors

Irving & Rose Fien Endowed Professor of Education, University of Florida (2019)

University Preeminent Term Professor, University of Florida (2016)

University Research Foundation Professor, University of Florida (2008)

College of Education Teacher of the Year, University of Florida (1999)

Promising Researcher, National Council of Teachers of English (1998)

Outstanding Dissertation Award, Purdue University (1998)


Dr. Fang has garnered support for his research and outreach efforts from federal and state agencies (e.g., U.S. Department of Education, Florida Department of Education), professional organizations (e.g., International Reading Association, National Council of Teachers of English), and private foundations (e.g., Spencer Foundation, AT&T Foundation, Bell South Foundation). He has also served as an expert consultant for research projects funded by the National Science Foundation, the Institute of Education Sciences, and Florida Department of Education.

Selected Publications

Fang, Z. (2021). Demystifying academic writing: Genres, moves, skills, and strategies. London/New York: Routledge. ISBN 9780367675080

Park, J., & Fang, Z. (2021). Voice in adolescents’ informational writing. Literacy. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1111/lit.12244

Fang, Z., Gresser, V., Cao, P., & Zheng, J. (2021). Nominal complexities in school children’s informational writing. Journal of English for Academic Purposes, 50. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jeap.2021.100958

Fang, Z., & Chapman, S. (2020). Disciplinary literacy in mathematics: One mathematician’s reading practices. The Journal of Mathematical Behaviour, 59. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jmathb.2020.100799

Fang, Z., Cao, P., & Murray, N. (2020). Language and meaning making: Register choices in seventh- and ninth-grade students’ factual writing. Linguistics and Education, 56. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.linged.2020.100798

Fang, Z. (2020). Toward a linguistically informed, responsive and embedded pedagogy in secondary literacy instruction. Journal of World Languages, 6(1-2), 70-91.

Fang, Z., & Park, J. (2020). Academic language in adolescents’ informational writing. Reading & Writing: An Interdisciplinary Journal, 33(1), 97-119.

Fang, Z. (2020). Using functional grammar in English literacy teaching and learning. Beijing: Foreign Language Teaching and Research Press.

Fang, Z., Adams, B., Gresser, V., & Li, C. (2019). Developing critical literacy through an SFL-informed pedagogical heuristic. English Teaching: Practice & Critique, 18(1), 4-17.

Fang, Z. (2017). Academic language and subject area learning. In K. Hinchman & D. Appleman (Eds.), Adolescent literacy handbook of practice-based research (pp. 323-340). New York, NY: Guilford.

Fang, Z. (2016). Text complexity in the Common Core State Standards: A linguistic critique. Australian Journal of Language and Literacy, 39(3), 195-206.

Fang, Z. (2016). Teaching close reading with complex texts across content areas. Research in the Teaching of English, 51(1), 106-116.

Fang, Z. with Lamme, L. & Pringle, R. (2010). Language and literacy in inquiry-based science classrooms: Grades 3-8. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin & Arlington, VA: National Science Teachers Association Press.

Fang, Z. (2008). Reading in secondary content areas: A language-based pedagogy. Ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan Press.

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