Clarissa Thompson

Clarissa Thompson

Associate Professor of Secondary Education and English Education

Telephone 207.778.7192

Clarissa Thompson teaches in the Secondary Education program and also serves as UMF’s Early College Campus Coordinator.  Currently, she is the adviser for all of the first year students in Secondary Education.  Prior to becoming a college professor, she taught high school English for ten years.  Her courses span a few areas, all focused on preparing prospective teachers for their careers in schools and classrooms (e.g., Teaching English Language Learners/Texts and Teaching; English Methods; Young Adult Literature; Experiences of Schooling/Diversity and Social Justice Education).  Her professional interests focus on transitions: the transition students go through, from high school to college, and then again as they travel from their teacher preparation experience into their first years of teaching, and the process of learning to teach that happens there. She loves reading and is committed to getting others engaged in reading, too.


  • 2002 PhD University of Washington
  • 1992 MEd Harvard Graduate School of Education
  • 1987 BA Wesleyan University