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Melissa Talhelm, Ph.D.

Melissa TelhamProfessor of English

English Education

Office: Engleman Hall D272
Phone: 203.392.6895





Ph.D. English Education, University of Virginia, 2006
M.A., B.A., English, University of Virginia, 1993

About Professor Talhelm

As a former high school English teacher, I specialize in training students to become middle and high school English teachers. I serve as coordinator of the Secondary English Education Program and work with student teachers during their semester teaching in local schools. My interests include the intersections between teacher and artist, the presence of the arts in the classroom and reading pedagogy at the secondary level. I’m also a singer-songwriter interested in the craft and form of lyric composition.

Recent Courses Taught

ENG 492 – Teaching Literature to Adolescents
ENG 209 – Lyrics as Literature: Reading and Writing Song Lyrics
ENG 601 – Special Project Seminar
ENG 494 – Student Teaching in English