The Office of the Vice President for Research recognizes Heidi Anne Mesmer, an associate professor in the School of Education, who studies text-reader matching, phonics and word study, and ways to help struggling readers.
Mesmer specializes in STEM and Literacy Education, producing journal articles, a book, and book chapters. She was recently honored with an Excellence in Outreach Award from the School of Education.
Her research has been published in Literacy Research and Instruction, Reading Psychology, The Reading Teacher, and the Journal of Literacy Research.
She has been a principal investigator or co-principal investigator on a variety of grants, including grants related to capacity building for literacy achievement and to data-based decision-making in content-area reading.
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.
Mesmer has conducted workshops and professional development presentations for numerous K-12 public school divisions in Virginia and Oklahoma.
She received the Virginia Tech Promising Scholar Award and the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences Niles Research Award in 2009. She was a National Academy of Education/Spencer Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow in 2003.
She earned a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis on Reading from the University of South Florida.