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Dana Oliver, Ed.D

Dana Oliver

Assistant Professor

Department: Education
Office: HEC 118-B
580.774. 3276



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. 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, and LitCon's National K-8 Literacy & Reading Recovery Conference. She is involved with many professional organizations, including the Association of Literacy Educators and Research (ALER), the Oklahoma Literacy Association (OKLA), the Oklahoma Higher Education Reading Council (OHERC), and the International Literacy Association (ILA).


  • 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 
  • Elementary 
  • Reading Specialist 
  • Middle Level English
  • Middle Level Social Studies

Professional History

  • 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

Office Hours

I am happy to make appointments at your convenience, if you email

Office hours are posted on the office door and updated each semester.

E-Office Hours

I check my e-mail regularly between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m., Monday – Friday. All e-mails will typically be responded to in no less than 24 hours. If you do not receive a response within 24 hours, please e-mail me again. Exceptions include holidays and university mandated closures.