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Catherine Gillespie, Ph.D.

School of Education Associate Dean

Contact Information

Phone: 515-271-4602
Address: 2507 University Ave. Des Moines, IA 50311

Office: Collier Scripps 230


B.A.:  Wellesley College

M.Ed.:  Lesley University

Ph.D.:  University of Tennessee/Knoxville


Honors & Professional Memberships

  • Mary Collier Baker Distinguished Professorship, 2007-2017
  • Kappa Delta Pi Honor Society
  • Kappa Omicron Nu Honor Society
  • Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society
  • Fulbright Scholar Selectee
  • Chancellor's Citation for Professional Promise in Human Ecology
  • Graduate Student Research Award, Department of Child and Family Studies
  • Clarence Kuo Outstanding Nursery School Teacher Award
  • Albert N. Minor Scholarship
  • Ruby McKeel Rives Scholarship

Prior Positions

  • Instructor, Middle Tennessee State University
  • Toddler Teacher and Student Teacher supervisor, University of Tennessee/Knoxville
  • ESL Teacher, Cambridge, MA and Hamm, Germany
  • Sixth Grade Teacher, Salem, NH

Areas of Expertise

  • Workplace Spirituality
  • Teacher Education
  • Eating Disorder Recovery
  • Early Childhood Education

Courses Taught

  • Introduction to Education
  • Doctoral Foundations and Seminar
  • Human Development
  • Foundations of Education
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