Donna Niday




409 Ross Hall, Iowa State Universiy, Ames, Iowa 50011

Ph. (515) 294-9981



Current Position


·  Director of First-Year Composition

·  Associate Professor of English Education





·  Ph.D., English Education, The University of

Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa. August 1996


·  M.A. English, Middlebury College, Middlebury, Vermont, 1990 (two summers at BreadLoaf School of English, Vermont; 60% of course work at Lincoln College, Oxford University, Oxford, England)


·  M.S. Journalism and Mass Communications, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa, 1984


·  B.S.E. English Education, Northeast Missouri State University, Kirksville, Missouri, 1973





Research Interests

·  mentoring beginning teachers

·  young adult literature

·  composition pedagogy


Recent Publications

Mentoring Across Boundaries: Helpi ng Beginning Teachers Succeed in Challenging Situations. Stenhouse, 2003. (coauthors Jean Boreen and Mary K. Johnson)

Mentoring: Guiding, Coaching, and Sustaining Beginning Teachers. Two-part videotape series. Stenhouse, 2003. (coauthor Jean Boreen)

Mentoring the Beginning Teacher: Guiding, Reflecting, Coaching. Stenhouse, 2000. (coauthors Jean Boreen, Mary K. Johnson, Joe Potts)


Publication Awards

·  Choice Award for Outstanding Academic Book Title, Choice, Association of College and

Research Libraries, 2000.

·  International Scholarship for Dissertation Research, Delta Kappa Gamma International, 1995.





Teaching Courses

·  First-Year Composition (English 104, English 105)

·  Teaching the Reading of Young Adult Literature (English 394)

·  Practice and Theory of Teaching Writing in the Secondary School (English 392)

·  Practice and Theory of Teaching Literature in the Secondary School (English 494)

·  Student Teaching (English 417)

·  Teaching Literature and the Literature Curriculum (English 521)


Teaching Experience

·  Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa, 1996-2004.

·  The University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa, 1993-1996.

·  Kirkwood Community College, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, 1994-1996.

·  Belmond-Klemme Community High School, Belmond, Iowa, 1978-1993.

·  Manson Community Middle School, Manson, Iowa, 1973-1978.


Teaching Awards

Iowa State University Foundation Award for Early Achievement in Teaching, 2002

Outstanding Young Educator Award, Belmond Community, Belmond, Iowa, 1981




Current Service

·  Committee Member, ISU English Department, Administrative Committee

·  Chair, ISU English Department, Chair of First-Year Composition

·  President, Iowa Consortium of Educators

·  State Liaison to NCTE Board of Directors (former president, Iowa Council of Teachers of English, 1991-1992)

·  Secretary, state chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma, womenπs educational group

·  Co-chair, Iowa Content Reading Network, Iowa Department of Education

·  Advisory Board Member, Iowa Writing Project


Service Awards

Distinguished Service Award, Iowa Council of Teachers of English, 1994

Distinguished Service Award, Belmond Community, Belmond, Iowa, 1987