Allison Dudley, EdD
Associate Professor of Education
My passion is reading, both teaching courses about reading at Graceland University’s Independence Campus and spending time reading for my own pleasure and knowledge. All of my courses are related to literacy and include a mix of information about best practices, as well as opportunities to try them out in the classroom. My favorite moments are when our teacher education candidates tell me what they learned in my courses helped them pass their licensure test, or what they learned they are using in their own classroom.
I earned my BSE in Elementary Education and MA in Teaching of Reading from Northeast Missouri State University (now Truman State University), and completed my EdD in Educational Leadership at University of Missouri-Columbia.
My theme song is “On the Road Again” since I live in Trenton, teach on the Independence campus, have student teachers in Trenton and Kansas City schools, and at least twice a month, am on the Lamoni campus as the Director of the Teacher Education Committee. While my office is in Independence, thanks to Bluetooth and Siri, I am able to additionally conduct business as needed in my car through hands-free phone calls.
Prior to coming to Graceland, I was a Title I and Reading Recovery teacher for 22 years with previous experience teaching 2nd and 3rd grades. My time in public school still continues today. During the school year, I assist with benchmark reading assessments for K-4 students at my local elementary school and generally work with one or two at-risk readers in the summer.
When I’m not working, I read (of course!), and do calligraphy and chalkboard art. I recently started aqua aerobics and am hoping to get back to playing tennis. My husband, Don, and I have a daughter, a son and three grandchildren. We love spending time with them. Some special family memories were made this year in Florida while celebrating our granddaughter’s high school graduation and visiting Dinosaur World, Lego Land and the beach.