BS: Elementary Education

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DeDe Small, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Contact Information

Phone: 515.271.3059
Mailing Address:
    2507 University Ave
    Des Moines, IA 50311


B.S., Creighton University

M.S., University of Nebraska-Omaha

Ph.D., University of Minnesota-Minneapolis

Honors & Professional Memberships

  • International Literacy Association
  • ILA Special Interest Group - Children's Literature and Reading
  • National Council of Teachers of English Children's Literature Assembly
  • Literacy Research Association

Areas of Expertise

  • Diversity in Children's Literature
  • Reader Response Choice
  • Reading Motivation
  • Text Complexity

Courses Taught

  • Literature of Childhood and Youth
  • Communicative Arts in the Elementary Classroom
  • Language and Literacy
  • Reading in the Content Area
  • Today's Children's Literature
SOE News
May 7, 2018
Wayne Ford, a longtime Iowa elected official and nonprofit leader, will receive an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters during Drake’s 144th Commencement Ceremony for Undergraduate Degree Recipients at 10 a.m. Sunday, May 20, in The Knapp Center.