Carver, Melinda

Title: Associate Professor

Department:  Graduate Studies in Education

Phone: 352-588-8387



  • Bachelor of Arts, Education, Wheaton College
  • Masters in Education, Developmental Reading K-12, College of New Jersey
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Literacy Curriculum and Development, Walden University

Dr. Carver graduated from Wheaton College with a BA in Education. She earned her M. Ed. in Developmental Reading K-12 from the College of New Jersey. She earned her Ph. D. in Literacy Curriculum and Instruction and has additional cognates in Educational Leadership and Instructional Design. She previously worked in public and private K-12 schools for twenty years as a classroom teacher, math specialist, reading specialist, and a reading coach. She is currently the Reading Program Administrator at Saint Leo University where she has designed and taught reading and assessment courses in the Reading, Exceptional Student Education, Instructional Leadership and Education Specialist programs.

Community Affiliation:

  • Volunteering at several local Pasco Schools
  • Professional memberships with: 
    • International Reading Association
    • Association of Middle Level Educators
    • Florida Reading Association
    • Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) 

Teaching & Professional Interests:
Dr. Carver teaches and designs reading and assessment courses for the Reading, Exceptional Education, and Instructional Leadership programs. Her research interests include the topics of student motivation and engagement, assessment, and literacy. Her current research studies focus on using technology to increase student engagement and literacy.

Honors, Publications, & Awards:

  • Teaching Syllable Patterns (2009) published by Maupin House
  • Reading Basics for All Teachers (2015) published by Rowman & Littlefield
  • Coaching: Making a Difference for Students and Teachers (2017) published by Rowman & Littlefield


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