Michael F. Hock, PhD

Michael Hock
  • KU CRL Director
  • Senior Scientist

Contact Info

Joseph R. Pearson Hall, 720
1122 West Campus Road
Lawrence, KS 66045


Michael Hock, Ph.D. is Director of the Center for Research on Learning and Senior Research Scientist at the University of Kansas. His research involves the development and validation of adolescent reading and student motivation interventions that respond to the needs of districts or agencies as well as the needs of academically underprepared adolescents and adults. His interests include the design and validation of instructional strategies and practices for improving student outcomes for adolescents who struggle with learning. His interests also include professional development, instructional coaching, and the change process related to getting research to practice.


Ph.D. in Special Education with LD emphasis and minor in Educational Policy & Leadership, The University of Kansas, 1998
M.A. in Special Education with emphasis in Learning Disabilities, University of South Dakota, 1978
B.S. in History with a minor in Russian & Secondary-level Teaching Certification, Mankato State University, 1972

Grants & Other Funded Activity

Currently, Michael serves as the PI for the University of Kansas Center for Research on Learning's contract for the Kansas Department of Education's Striving Readers grant (2017 to 2021).