Randy Bomer


University of North Texas

Matthews Hall 206

Prior to arriving at UNT, Randy Bomer was chair of two departments and was the Charles H. Spence Centennial Professor of Education at The University of Texas at Austin, where he taught for 16 years. Before that, he was also on the faculty of Indiana University and Queens College of the City University of New York and, for five years, was the co-director of the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project at Columbia University in New York City. 

He is a former president of the National Council of Teachers of English and was a member of the Board of Directors for the Literacy Research Association. He has been a recipient of the Edward Fry Book Award from the Literacy Research Association and was named an Outstanding Elementary Educator by the National Council of Teachers of English, along with various awards from universities where he has taught. 

Dr. Bomer’s research is about the strengths, resources and knowledge that students bring with them to school, literacy curricula that build upon those strengths, and policies and perspectives that do or do not support teachers’ recognition of students’ existing understandings and capabilities. 

He holds a Ph.D. in English Education from Columbia University and is the author of four books and many articles in academic and professional journals. Formerly a middle and high school teacher, he has consulted with urban school districts across the U.S. As dean of the UNT College of Education, Dr. Bomer supports approximately 200 faculty and staff members and 5,000 students in one of the largest colleges of education in Texas.