Professor, Teaching and Learning
219 Arps Hall
1945 N. High St.
Hirvela's teaching career began as a community college English instructor at C.S. Mott Community College in Flint, Michigan. In 1978 he moved to Hong Kong, where he taught for a few years at a private school, Shue Yan College, and then for a decade at the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK). While at CUHK, Hirvela completed his PhD at the University of Stirling in Scotland. His dissertation examined connections between literature, literary theory, and communicative language teaching. Since 1994 he has been at Ohio State University, first in the ESL Composition Program and, since 2000, in the Foreign and Second Language Education Program. His research focuses, in a number of ways, on second language literacy. In addition to his teaching and scholarship, Hirvela spent 10 years in editorial positions with the journal English for Specific Purposes, first as an assistant editor of the journal and then as its reviews editor. In 2010 he will begin serving, with Diane Belcher, as co-editor of the journal TESOL Quarterly.