Michele Dickey-Kotz, EdD

Professor of Education

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Michele Dickey-Kotz, Ph.D., Professor of Education, is a passionate teacher driven by the belief that it is her responsibility to promote, provoke, or inspire those around her to become the very best version of themselves.

Michele has long studied and researched the area of college student development and has extended this study to examine what impact environment and experience play on student mindset, motivation and identity development. She asserts “…figuring out who we are is not easy work. It is hard work, but it can (and must) be fun, enlightening and stimulating work. It is critical that once we do have a sense of self, that we work diligently to become informed citizens of the world so that we may purposefully and genuinely live our lives with awareness and intention.”

Michele earned a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Northern Iowa (UNI) and taught English for five years, at which point she returned to UNI and earned a Master of Arts in College Student Development. Her master’s degree has been a stepping stone to launch a career in Student Life and leadership development, first at Miami University in Ohio, and later at Graceland.

Michele earned her doctorate in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis from University of Missouri in Columbia, and since 2000, has combined her two passions, student development and education, as a faculty member in the Gleazer School of Education at Graceland University.

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