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Melissa Kamyab
Chair, Director of Education Department Graduate Programs, Assistant Professor


B.S., Elementary Education, Psychology, Moravian College
M.Ed., Reading, Lehigh University
Ed.D., Foundations of Education, Lehigh University

Dr. Melissa Kamyab earned her undergraduate degree in Elementary Education and Psychology from Moravian College, as well as both her master’s degree in Reading and Doctor of Education from Lehigh University. She has worked at the elementary, middle, and secondary levels and has served as a college adjunct at Lehigh University. She holds a Reading Specialist Certificate, as well as Elementary and Secondary Principal Certifications, and the Superintendent’s Letter of Eligibility. Presently, Dr. Kamyab teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in educational research, literacy teaching and learning, early childhood and secondary methods, and planning for agency and understanding, while also serving as the Director of the Graduate Program for the Department. In addition, she has served as the past faculty mentor to the Kappa Delta Pi Education Honor Society on campus.

Dr. Kamyab is a literacy advocate; an avid reader herself, and a dedicated supporter of the public library. She has organized and participated in both One Book, One School as well as One Book, One City and World Book Night events.

Dr. Kamyab was the 2021 recipient of The Celebrate Literacy Award from The Keystone State Literacy Association of Central Pennsylvania in recognition of her accomplishments to advance and promote literacy with preservice and practicing educators as well as through community outreach initiatives. The award highlighted the Education Department’s #WeRead360 Children and Young Adult Book Collection established in partnership with Cressman Library and Initially funded by a grant awarded to her through Cedar Crest College’s Inclusion and Diversity in Education Center.

“Our goal as educators is to foster a culture of learning and growth to promote agency, equity, and understanding for our students.”