TESOL: Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

Melinda S. Butler Ed.D.

Assistant Professor of Literacy Education; Chair of the Department of Literacy, Language, and Culture
Melinda Butler, Assistant Professor of Literacy

Office Location

218C Bailey Hall



Academic Degrees

  • Ed.D. in Literacy, Sam Houston State University, 2018
  • M.Ed. in Reading, Sam Houston State University, 2007


I love teaching literacy courses here at the University of Southern Maine. My research interests are teachers' and students' perceptions of popular culture texts, classroom libraries, independent reading, connecting out-of-school literacies to school literacies, and student/children's access to texts.

Areas of Expertise

Literacy Education

Research Interests

  • Teachers' and students' perceptions of popular culture texts
  • Classroom libraries
  • Independent reading
  • Connecting out-of-school literacies to school literacies
  • Student/children's access to texts

Areas of Scholarship

  • Teachers' and Students' Perceptions of Popular Culture Texts
  • Classroom Libraries
  • Students' Access to Texts

Recent Publications

  • Butler, M. S. (2020). Choice, with conditions: Popular culture texts and independent reading. Primer Journal 48(2), 13-25.
  • Butler, M. S. (2018). Hey, can you find me a book? Providing popular culture texts to
    students in a Title I elementary school. Texas Association for Literacy Education
    (TALE) Yearbook. Accepted for publication in 5(1).
  • Butler, M. S., & Votteler, N. K. (2016). Disequilibrium: An instructional coach’s
    reflection. Texas Association for Literacy Education (TALE) Journal. Accepted
    for publication in 4(1).


  • Butler, M. S. (2019). Popular culture book clubs: Springboard to inquiry at the 2019
    National Council of Teachers of English Conference, Baltimore, Maryland.
  • Karlin, A., Henderson, S., Adams, A., & Butler, M. S. (2019). Journeys to freedom and
    inclusion: Stories of refugee and/or immigrant journeys told in picture & chapter
    books that broaden knowledge and promote empathy in children & young adults
    at the International Literacy Association Conference, New Orleans, Louisiana.
  • Butler, M. S. (2019). “Hey, can you find me a book? Reclaiming student reading
    engagement through the use of popular culture texts at the 2019 New England Council of Teachers of English Conference, Danvers, Massachusetts.
  • Butler, M. S. (2019). Captain Underpants and Spiderman: Popular culture texts in reading workshop at the Northern New England Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages Conference, Lewiston, Maine.
  • Butler, M. S. (2019). Elementary teachers’ perceptions of popular culture texts.