College of Education & Human Services

Melissa Stinnett, Ph.D.

Melissa Stinnett, Ph.D.

Professor, Literacy Education
Reading Center Director and America Reads Program Supervisor

Department: School of Education
Office: Horrabin Hall 54
Phone: 309-298-2033

Research Areas: Literacy Instruction in New Zealand, Critical Literacy, Science of Reading


About Me

Dr. Melissa Stinnett is a Professor of Literacy Education at Western Illinois University in the School of Education where she teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses and serves as the Reading Graduate Coordinator for the graduate program.  She earned her Ph.D. in Literacy at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Il.  She is involved in the state organization, Illinois Reading Council, serving as Vice President.  Dr. Stinnett has had much experience with early literacy instruction, teaching Reading Recovery, kindergarten, first, and second grades.  She is a frequent presenter at state, national and international literacy conferences.  

Ph.D., University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
Emphasis: Language and Literacy
Dissertation: Experienced and Novice Teachers’ Perceptions of Their Satisfaction Regarding The Implementation of a Balanced Literacy Program In Grades K-2.
M.Ed., University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
Reading Endorsement
B.A., Eureka College
Language Arts Concentration