Bruce Murray


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Office: 5066 Haley Center

Units: Department of Curriculum and Teaching

Campus Mail: 5040 Haley Center


Phone: (334) 844-6934

Academic Area

Reading Education

Short Bio

Bruce Murray is a professor in the College of Education at Auburn University. He began his career teaching elementary school for 16 years, and earned Master's degrees in School Administration and in Reading Education from Missouri State University. His interest in Reading Education led him to the University of Georgia, where he studied with Steve Stahl and other top scholars in the field. After earning his Ph.D., Dr. Murray moved to Auburn in 1996, where he continues to teach and do research. He has published more than 30 journal articles and book chapters.

Dr. Murray's research has focused on children's development of phoneme awareness (PA), which is the ability to detect phonemes in spoken words. The National Reading Panel cited a study by Dr. Murray as one of only 52 experiments meeting scientific standards for establishing the causal role of PA in beginning reading. Dr. Murray has worked on defining and assessing PA and on teaching PA to young children. His interests have branched out into instruction in spelling, vocabulary, fluency, letter recognition, and oral reading. His strategies for the letterbox lesson and wordmapping are in wide use, and his website, The Reading Genie, has become a popular resource for reading teachers.


Ph.D. in Reading Education, 1995, The University of Georgia

M.S.Ed. in Reading, 1990, Southwest Missouri State University

M.S.Ed. in Educational Administration, 1981, Southwest Missouri State University

B.S. in Psychology, Philosophy, 1973, Quincy University

Professional Experience

2020 - Present

Professor, Auburn University

1996 - 2020

Associate Professor, Auburn University

1995 - 1996

Assistant Professor, Director of the Hartman Center, Marquette University - School of Education, and Director, Hartman Literacy and Learning Center

1991 - 1995

Graduate Assistant, The University of Georgia

1978 - 1991

Teacher, grades 4-6, Licking Elementary School (Licking, MO)

1975 - 1978

Teacher, grades 6-8, St. Joseph School (Springfield, MO)


  Reading Genie