College of Education and Human Development
Start Year at LSUS
Terminal Degree/Yr
Office Location
BE 370
Curriculum Vitae


Melissa Hawthorne is an associate professor in the School of Education at Louisiana State University-Shreveport. She has seven years of teaching experience as a professor and five years experience as a doctoral assistant-teaching. In her time as a professor, she has mentored numerous doctoral students and has the distinction of having taught for every department in the College of Education and Human Development. Her primary research interests are in the area of psychopedagogy and using research on human learning and behavior in developing interventions to support student achievement. Being a first-generation college student herself, she is particularly interested in finding ways to help first-generation students overcome the obstacles that keep them from graduating. She is currently working on a manuscript investigating how academic advising can be used to improve student retention and is completing a project examining how well students apply meta-cognition in their studies. On the fun side, Melissa enjoys all things nerdy (Doctor Who, the MCU, Harry Potter) and enjoys writing fan fiction. Loki is her favorite fictional character (the MCU version; not the Norse mythology version).


Research Interests

I am interested in the application of cognitive research in academic settings

Selected Publications

Academic advising: does it really impact student success?

Examining the Role of Attention in the Iowa Gambling Task

Leader-member Exchange and the Effect of Deaf Identity on Relationship Quality

Teaching Assignments

I teach Intro to Graduate Research (EDL 740) for the MEDL and MEDCI programs. I also teach courses in the Adult Education concentration of the MEDCI program

Office Hours

Monday             5-7 virtual
Tuesday            2-6
Wednesday      1-5

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