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About James Armstrong

Dr. James Armstrong has been a professor at Boise State University since 1992 where he has taught courses in reading education as well as reading and study strategies. As an undergraduate at Stanford University, he majored in English and completed the Honors Program in Humanities. He went on there to receive his master’s degree in education with a California teaching credential in English. He received his doctorate in reading education from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Armstrong has written two textbooks, Reading Tools for College Study and Patterns and Connections, and two books of poetry, Landscapes of Epiphany and Moon Haiku. His recent interests have involved the collaborative integration of poetry, history and photography through the video medium. VideoPoetry offers a dissemination method that engages audiences in non-traditional ways and highlights the complex, important social functions of humanities research. In 2012, the paper, "VideoPoetry: Collaboration as Imaginative Method" was among the ten highest-ranked papers in the referee process at The International Journal of the Humanities, and the authors were presented with the journal's International Award for Excellence, in the area of New Directions in the Humanities.


Present Professor, Boise State University Department of Literacy, Language, and Culture


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Honors and Awards

  • 2013-2014: Arts and Humanities Institute Fellow, Boise State University, "Culture of the Irrigated West: VideoPoetry and Book”
  • 2011: International Award for Excellence, New Directions in the Humanities, Presented to Peter Lutze, James Armstrong, and Laura Woodworth-Ney, International Journal of the Humanities
  • 2007-2008: Golden Apple Award for Outstanding Faculty, Associated Students of Boise State University
  • 2003: First Place, Professional Division, TVTV/Dead 8b Video Festival for 'Mountain Seasons'


  • ED-LTCY/UNIV 105: Reading and Study Strategies
  • ED-LTCY/UNIV 120: Comprehension of Text Structures
  • ED-LTCY 444: Content Literacy for Secondary Students

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