The West Virginia University College of Education and Human Services is welcoming Dale Niederhauser as the newly appointed chair of its Curriculum & Instruction/Literacy Studies program.

Niederhauser comes to WVU from Iowa State University, where he was a tenured associate professor and director of undergraduate education in the College of Human Sciences School of Education.

Prior to his time at Iowa State, Niederhauser was a member of the educational studies department faculty at the University of Utah from 1994 to 2001. He received a bachelor’s degree in education from the State University of New York, Fredonia; and a master’s degree in educational technology and doctoral degree in foundations of education from the University of Utah. Niederhauser’s research focuses on aiding teachers in effectively implementing technology in the classroom and learning in distance education contexts.

“I am very excited to be joining the WVU faculty in January,” Niederhauser said. “My new colleagues in the C&I/Literacy Studies Department have developed exemplary programs for preparing new teachers for West Virginia schools and are engaged in a variety of research projects aimed at improving our understanding of schooling, and the kinds of practices that promote effective teaching and school leadership. I am honored that I was selected to serve as department chair and look forward to supporting the good work that is currently in place while helping to shape the future of the department, college and university.”

“Dr. Niederhauser is a welcome addition to West Virginia University, the College of Education and Human Services, and will bring great leadership skills to the Department of Curriculum & Instruction/Literacy Studies,” said College of Education and Human Services Dean Lynne Schrum. “His experience in teacher preparation and quality research add to the expertise already in the department.”

Niederhauser is replacing Curriculum and Instruction Chair Joy Faini Saab, who is currently on sabbatical.



CONTACT: Christie Zachary, WVU College of Education and Human Services

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