Dr. Dana Oliver is a Literacy Education Assistant Professor and Reading Specialist Program Director at Southwestern Oklahoma State University where she enjoys working with undergraduate preservice elementary, early childhood, and special education teachers, as well as graduate students seeking a reading specialist degree. Dr. Oliver serves on numerous committees, including Faculty Senate and serves as a faculty sponsor of the Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society chapter which works to engage future teachers in service learning and teacher development. Through affiliate work with Southwestern College of Winfield, Kansas, she leads doctoral candidates through the processes of developing and implementing dissertation research. Her research endeavors focus on understanding the affectual domain’s influence on the cognitive processes and outcomes of reading engagement, implementing effective supports for novice teachers, and understanding the reading habits, attitudes, values, and beliefs of students. Her most enjoyed activities as a professional in the field of literacy include teaching in the university classroom, providing and organizing professional development for surrounding K-12 school districts, and presenting at conferences across the nation, such as the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development’s (ASCD) Leadership Summit, the National Social Science Association (NSSA) Conference, the National Education Association’s (NEA) Leadership Summit, LitCon's National K-8 Literacy & Reading Recovery Conference, and the Oklahoma Literacy Association conference. She is involved with many professional organizations. Dr. Oliver serves as the chair of the Oklahoma Higher Education Reading Council (OHERC), Board of Directors member of the Oklahoma Literacy Association (OKLA), Board of Directors member of the Weatherford Public Library, and is an active member of both the Association of Literacy Educators and Researchers (ALER), and the International Literacy Association (ILA). Dr. Oliver sits on the editorial board for the national, peer-reviewed Journal of Young Adult and Children’s Literature, a journal she helped to establish through her Board of Directors position within ILA’s Concern for Affect in Reading Education Special Interest Group (CARE SIG). She has also recently received a Distinguished Dissertation Award from the Association of Teacher Educators of Kansas and the Davinci Institute Fellowship Award for her endeavors to advance the knowledge and pedagogical practices of alternatively and emergency certified teachers. Through her professional experiences Dr. Oliver is able to bring to passion and creativity to a literacy-based profession which advances the knowledge and abilities of all teachers of literacy while also enjoying and nurturing the relationships between colleagues and students.
- Ed.D. Educational Leadership in Higher Education, Southwestern College, Winfield, Kansas
- M.Ed. Reading Specialist, Southwestern Oklahoma State University
- B.S. Elementary Education, Southwestern Oklahoma State University
- Early Childhood
- Reading Specialist
- Middle Level English
- Middle Level Social Studies
- 2016 – Current: Literacy Education Assistant Professor, Reading Specialist Program Director; Southwestern Oklahoma State University
- 2013 – Current: Affiliate Education Instructor, Mentoring Program for Novice Teachers Coach; Southwestern College, Winfield, Kansas
- 2013 – 2016 Adjunct Instructor; Southwestern Oklahoma State University
- 2009 – 2013 Elementary Teacher, Clinton, OK
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