Anita Woolfolk's Biography(Photos)
Anita Woolfolk Hoy received her BAin Psychology in 1969 and her PhD in Educational Psychology both from the University of Texas at Austin. She worked briefly as a school psychologist in Texas, and then joined the faculty in Department of Educational Psychology of the Graduate School of Education at Rutgers University in 1979. She remained there until 1993 and served as Chair of the department from 1990 to 1993. Presently, she is a Professor in the College of Education at The Ohio State University. Her professional offices include Vice-President for Division K (Teaching and Teacher Education) of the American Educational Research Association and President of Division 15 (Educational Psychology) of the American Psychological Association.
She has published research in the areas of student perceptions of teachers, teachers' beliefs, student motivation, and the application of educational psychology to teaching. Her text, Educational Psychology (Allyn and Bacon) is in its 9th edition and is the most widely read introduction to educational psychology in the field (Woolfolk, 2004). She is married to Wayne K. Hoy, the Novice Fawcett Chair in Educational Administration at The Ohio State University. Together they conduct research on teachers' sense of efficacy and school efficacy. In this interview, Woolfolk Hoy comments on her primary research area, teachers' self-efficacy, discusses educational psychology and teaching, and reflects on trends and issues in educational psychology.
Anita Woolfolk Hoy is a prolific scholar in educational psychology. Her interest focuses on teachers' sense of efficacy, teacher beliefs, classroom motivation, educational psychology in teacher education, and college teaching. Her text, Educational Psychology, is moving into its 11th edition and is the most widely read introduction to educational psychology in the field.