Renarta H. Tompkins, Ph.D.



Renarta Tompkins is an associate professor of Early Childhood and Elementary Literacy.  She obtained both her M. Ed and Ph.D. from Emory University and her B.S. in Psychology from Illinois Institute of Technology.

Dr. Tompkins'  interest is in working with school districts to evaluate and improve reading achievement of students in K-8 classrooms. After engaging in collaborative study, with UC Berkeley and the Mississippi Department of Education on the effects of the Reading First Initiative in Mississippi Schools, she worked with Coastal Carolina University and the Horry County Schools on the effects of the BURST reading intervention. Prior to her university career, she spent fourteen years in the Clayton County School System in Georgia working as a first and second grade teacher, instructional lead teacher and district grants coordinator.

Her areas of expertise include improving literacy for minority students, fluency, culturally relevant literacy practices and history of reading in African American schools.  Dr. Tompkins can be contacted by email at .