University of Iowa

Emily Hayden

Role: Institute of Higher Education

Dr. Emily Hayden is an assistant professor of literacy at Iowa State University. A native Nebraskan, she earned her doctorate in education studies from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln in 2010 after teaching for 17 years in public schools in Lincoln and Omaha. She is certified in Kindergarten–12th grade special education as well as reading recovery. She was previously an assistant professor at the University at Buffalo and at the University of Nebraska Omaha.

At Iowa State, Dr. Hayden teaches and mentors undergraduate and graduate students who tutor in the Fred Duffelmeyer Reading Improvement Clinic, and she is part of the Language, Literacy, and Learning (L3) group. Her research focuses on teacher decision-making, and instruction that sustains better teaching in literacy and prepares students to be actively literate citizens. This includes exploring how teachers adapt to meet the needs of all students, considering cultural, ethnic, and academic diversity, and economic challenges.

Emily’s husband Joel is a middle school teacher, and they have two college-aged children who provide Emily with continual reminders of the importance of public education and the challenges of moving from school into the world of higher education and professional work.