B.S. - Thomas University, 2001
M.Ed. - University of North Carolina at Pembroke, 2007
Ed.S. - University of West Florida, 2011
Ed.D. - University of West Florida, 2012


Dr. Michelle Vaughn is an associate professor for the Tift College of Education. Prior to joining Mercer University, she was an elementary education classroom teacher and also served with the Florida Department of Education.


Dr. Vaughn enjoys teaching literacy in the undergraduate and graduate degree programs as well as supporting students while taking part in their field experiences.
EDUC 376 – Content and Learning through the Language Arts
EDUC 377 – Effective Reading and Writing Methods and Materials
EDUC 452 – Diagnosis and Remediation of Reading and Writing
EDUC 485/EMAT 608 – Professional Practicum
EDUC 492/EMAT 611 – Student Teaching
EDUC 687 – Reading Theory: Research & Best Practices in Early Childhood Education Reading
EDUC 647 – Preventing, Diagnosing, and Connecting Literacy Problems
EDUC 662 – Clinical Practicum


Dr. Vaughn’s research interests include teacher preparation and culturally responsive pedagogy. Another research priority is the scholarship of teaching and learning. She has had the opportunity to present at regional (GERA, GATESOL) national (AERA, TED) and international conferences (SITE, ISSOTL, E-Learning, ACEI) focusing on each of these interests.


Dr. Vaughn has had the pleasure of facilitating multiple Mercer On Mission ( programs for Tift College of Education accompanying students across three continents as well as serving with her colleagues in the Dominican Republic for the McDonald Center for the Advancement of Global Education.