Mellisa Clawson

Professor Early Childhood/Education

Dr. Mellisa Clawson is a professor of Early Childhood Education. She has taught and held administrative positions in infant, toddler, preschool, Head Start, and public school settings. Professor Clawson teaches Creative Arts and Technology for the Young Child and Science Methods in Early Childhood Education, in addition to other courses.  Her research focuses on developing online, interactive resources for future early childhood teachers. These materials are used in colleges across the country. Currently, Dr. Clawson is writing a book about integrating place-based science into pre-K through 2nd grade curriculum, particularly in economically disadvantaged schools.  She travels around the country providing workshops to help teachers support children with Asperger Syndrome and find ways to integrate more creative arts and science into the curriculum.  In her spare time, Dr. Clawson enjoys singing and acting in community theater.


  • PhD Child Development, Auburn University
  • BS Psychology, Birmingham-Southern College
  • MS Child Development, Auburn University
Mellisa Claswson - Professor Early Childhood Education