The University of Iowa

Nandita Gurjar

Role: Institute of Higher Education

Dr. Nandita Gurjar is an assistant professor of literacy education in the department of Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Northern Iowa College of Education where she has been a faculty member since 2017. She is the lead UNI faculty member for the America Reads program, which is a federal work study program aimed at cultivating lifelong enjoyment of reading in elementary students.

Diversity, equity, and social justice inform Nandita’s research and practice. She is passionate about applying new literacies, digital literacy, effective use of technology, and systems thinking in solving educational problems. She hopes to contribute her unique educational and cultural background to the advisory council and looks forward to learning about the ongoing research and work being done to enhance the early literacy learning of diverse students in Iowa.

Nandita earned a Master of Arts degree in English literature while in India and a Master of Education in curriculum and instruction from Texas A&M University. She then received her doctorate in elementary education with an emphasis on literacy and technology from the University of Central Florida.

She is a member of the Association for Educational Communications and Technology, Society of Information Technology and Teacher Education, International Literacy Association, and American Reading Forum.

Nandita and her husband have two children: a daughter in graduate school and a son in high school. She was born in India, grew up in Kenya, and grew up speaking five languages (Hindi, English, Swahili, French, and German).