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Melinda Backer

Melinda Backer

Melinda Backer

Lecturer, Associate Director of Composition


Melinda Backer is a lecturer in the English Department at University of Tennessee. She teaches composition, workplace writing, American literature, environmental literature, and science fiction. Her current research examines the agency of nonhumans in speculative fiction.  


  • Ph.D. University of Tennessee, 2019
  • M.A. University of Cincinnati, 2010
  • B.F.A. Thomas More College, 2008
  • B.A. Psychology, Thomas More College, 2008

Regularly Taught Courses

  • English 101: English Composition I- Graffiti
  • English 102: English Composition II- Inquiry into Videogames and Gaming Culture
  • English 232: American Literature II- Civil War to Present
  • English 253: Introduction to Fiction
  • English 255: Public Writing
  • English 295: Writing in the Workplace