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Heidi Anne Mesmer

Associate Professor, Literacy/Integrative STEM Education


Dr. Heidi Anne Mesmer is an associate professor of education specializing in STEM and Literacy Education. She earned a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis on Reading from the University of South Florida. To date she has authored or coauthored 14 refereed journal articles, one book, and four book chapters. She has also contributed greatly to the field by presenting at many state, regional, national, and international conferences.

In addition to being actively involved in teaching and research, she also engages in service activities. She is on the editorial review board for Reading Research Quarterly and she serves as an ad hoc reviewer for several journals related to literacy and reading. She is Field Council Chair for the National Reading Conference and she serves on the Research Committee for the International Reading Association. Dr. Mesmer has conducted workshops and professional development presentations for numerous K-12 public school divisions in Virginia and Oklahoma. Finally, Dr. Mesmer has received numerous awards in recognition of her exemplary professional contributions. She received the Virginia Tech Promising Scholar Award and the College of Liberal Arts & Human Sciences Niles Research Award in 2009. She was a National Academy of Education/Spencer Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow in 2003. Dr. Mesmer’s contributions through teaching, research, and service enrich the Virginia Tech School of Education community.


Ph.D.  Curriculum and Instruction, University of South Florida, 1999

M.Ed. Curriculum and Instruction, University of Virginia, 1992

B.A.  Elementary Education, College of William and Mary, 1991

Dr. Mesmer’s research interests include text-reader matching, phonics and word study, and struggling readers. Recent publications in Literacy Research and InstructionReading Psychology, The Reading Teacher, and Journal of Literacy Research further a strong line of inquiry, as well as demonstrate contributions to the field. Dr. Mesmer’s involvement in grant-funded projects also exemplifies commitment to the field. She has been an author and principal investigator (PI) or co-PI on a variety of grants, such as grants related to capacity building for literacy achievement and to data-based decision-making in content area reading. Her research and content expertise informs her teaching and advising activities at Virginia Tech. As the coordinator of the reading program, Dr. Mesmer provides meaningful and transformative graduate education.



Matching Kids with Books: From Lexiles to Leveling 


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