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Sally Beisser, Ph.D.

Levitt Distinguished Professor of Education

Contact Information

Phone: 515-271-4850
Mailing Address:
    2507 University Ave
    Des Moines, IA 50311


B.A.: Iowa State University
M.S.:  Iowa State University
Ph.D.:  Iowa State University

Honors & Professional Memberships


  • The Ellis and Nelle Levitt Distinguished Professorship 2017
  • National Association for Gifted Children Teaching for High Potential Board, 2016
  • Provost Ronald Troyer Research Award Fellowship, 2016
  • Madelyn Levitt Teacher of the Year Award, 2016
  • Inaugual Iowa Campus Compact Senior Faculty Fellow, 2013
  • Iowa Distance Learning Innovation Award, 2009
  • Iowa Distance Learning Point of Presence Award, 2008
  • Oxford Round Table Debate, University of Oxford, 2008
  • National Association for Gifted Children Delegation to Moscow and St. Petersburg, Russia, 2006
  • Iowa Talented & Gifted Distinguished Service Award, 2004

Professional Memberships

  • Iowa Talented & Gifted Association (ITAG)
  • National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC)
  • National Association for the Social Studies (NCSS)
  • Iowa Council of Social Studies (ICSS)
  • National Association for the Education in Young Childhood (NAEYC)
  • Delta Kappa Gamma-International Education Society
  • International Society for Technology in Education (SITE)
  • American Associate of University Professors (AAUP)

Prior Positions

  • Ames Community Schools Extended Learning Program (ELP)
  • West Des Moines Schools Extended Learning Program (ELP)
  • Iowa State University Doctoral Scholar and Visiting Professor

Areas of Expertise

  • Gifted and Talented Education
  • Pedagogy and Classroom Management
  • Service-Learning and Community Based Learning
  • Health and Wellness among School Administrators
  • Instruction Using Online Technology

Courses Taught

  • Curriculum and Pedagogy
  • Social Studies Methods
  • Advanced Seminar: Ethics
  • Doctoral Qualitative Research Methods
  • Creativity and Gifted Education
  • ITAG Conference Course for Credit
  • Ohio - OAGC Conference Course for Credit
  • FYS Courses - Make a Difference: Though Service-Learning, Money Matters: Financial Literacy Skills for College Students, Constructivist Teaching & Learning
  • J-Term Global Engagement: Service Learning in Belize
  • Honors Course - Service-Learning: Building a Legacy at Drake University
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.