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About Us: Faculty

James RooksJames Rooks

Professor and Dean of Education
(616) 526-8694
399 Spoelhof Center

Weekly Schedule
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Educational Background

  • M.Ed., University of Toronto, 1987
  • Ed.D., University of Toronto, 1998
  • Literacy Graduate Program advisor

Research Interests

  • Reading
  • Literacy

Publications, Presentations, and Professional Services

  • Chair of the Deans and Representatives of Teacher Education Programs (DARTEP) in Michigan
  • Served as a reviewer for an article for the ICCTE Journal
  • Participated in the Reconciliation and Restoration reading group studying Witnessing Whiteness by Shelly Tochluk.
  • Served on the Grand Rapids Christian Schools Faith Nurture Advisory group.
  • Rooks, J. (2009). Interview for KIDS HOPE podcast on strategies for effective tutoring.
  • Rooks, J. (2009). Teaching Reading in Christian Schools, presentations for the B.J. Haan conference.
  • Rooks, J. (2009) Led a graduate workshop for Christian School Teachers in Tegucigalpa, Honduras on “Teaching Reading and Writing to Second Language Learners.”
  • Organized and hosted a three-day workshop for 55 teachers and administrators as part of the Title II grant.
  • Teaching Language Arts at a Christian Immersion School International School Consultation, Tegucigalpa, Honduras March 21-25, 2011.
  • Served on the Meijer Good Schools Foundation Review Team, April 2009 at Campus School (GRPS).
  • Rooks, J. K. (2010). Shaping what we love; A review of desiring the kingdom: Worship, worldview and cultural formation by James K. Smith. Christian Educators Journal Vol. 49, No. 4.
  • Beyond Worldview: The Importance of Practice in Christian Education International Community of Christian Teacher Educators Conference, Longview, TX 07/25/2010.
  • Rooks, J. (2009-2010) $200,000 Title II Professional Development Grant with school partners: Buchanan, Calvin Christian in Wyoming, Potter‘s House and Riverside Middle School.