Alan Flurkey is Associate Professor of Literacy Studies in the School of Education at Hofstra University.


Dr. Flurkey has authored several journal articles and book chapters, and is co-editor of three books: Scientific Realism in Studies of Reading, Revolution: The Selected Writings of Kenneth S. Goodman, and Many Cultures, Many Voices: Proceedings of the Whole Language Umbrella Conference.  He has also co-edited an issue of the journal Primary Voices K-6, titled “Miscue Analysis for Classroom Teachers.” His most recent book, The Essential RMA: A Window Into Readers’ Thinking, is co-authored with Prisca Martens and Yetta M. Goodman. You can learn more about retrospective miscue analysis at www.retrospectivemiscue.com.


Dr. Flurkey earned a Ph.D. in reading from The University of Arizona in 1997.  For his doctoral dissertation, he used miscue analysis to investigate oral reading rate, a study that was awarded as a finalist in the International Reading Association’s Outstanding Dissertation of the Year Award in 1998.  He has taught elementary grades and special education classes and applied knowledge of the reading process in his work with students.


Dr. Flurkey is the former director of the Reading/Writing Learning Clinic in the Joan and Arnold Saltzman Community Services Center at Hofstra University.  He has consulted with school districts and presented reading workshops in Colorado, Arizona, Texas, and New York.  He is a regular presenter at professional conferences, such as the National Council of Teachers of English Annual Convention, the National Reading Conference, the Whole Language Umbrella Conference, the International Reading Association Annual Convention and the World Congress of Reading.  He is a past conference co-chair of the annual International Conference for the Whole Language Umbrella.  He is past co-chair of the Psycholinguistic and Sociolinguistic Special Interest Group for the International Reading Association.


Teaching interests include teacher education and doctoral courses that focus on reading and writing assessment, and working with learners with special needs.


Research interests focus on reading fluency (flow), miscue analysis and retrospective miscue analysis, slow and inefficient reading, eye-movement miscue analysis, and early literacy development.


Dr. Flurkey has most recently worked with secondary teachers in Aurora, Colorado to develop district-wide implementation of Retrospective Miscue Analysis in classroom practice and assessment.