Faculty/Staff Profile

Melissa Reese Comer, BA, MA, PhD

Associate Professor

Highest Degree University: University of Tennessee
College/Unit: College of Education
Department: Curriculum & Instruction
Off-Campus Office A-102
PO Box: 5042
(865) 481-2000

Melissa Comer teaches, primarily, literacy-related courses at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Housed at the Roane State Community College in Oak Ridge, she serves on the Reading Specialist graduate faculty where she engages in team-teaching, technology integration, and innovative pedagogy and methodology.

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Dr. Comer teaches the following courses:

Literacy-based Courses:


READ 3311

ELED 3151

FOED 3810


READ 6100

READ 7370

READ 6310

READ 6350

READ 6800/7800

CUED 7910

Other Courses Taught:


CUED 4800

ELED 4872

ESLP 4100

FOED 3010

ELED 3140


Pedagogy and Methodology
Education and Schools » Language Arts Education

Dr. Comer specializes in English education as well as middle school/elementary pedagogy and methodology.

Linguistics and Young Adult Literature
Languages and Literature » Literacy

Dr. Comer specializes in applied linguistics, specifically dialect studies. Research interests include the role dialects play in students' learning, including Appalachian English and text-talk, as well as dialect interference in writing and reading. Dr. Comer also has an extensive background in young adult literature. She serves as the TN Representative for the Assembly on Literature for Adolescents of the NCTE and the book reviewer for the TN Council of Teachers of English.

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