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Sally Beisser, Ph.D.

Levitt Distinguished Professor of Education

Contact Information

Email: sally.beisser@drake.edu
Phone: 515-271-4850
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


  • Madelyn Levitt Mentor of the Year Award, 2020
  • 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
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