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Denise Schares

University of Northern Iowa
Associate Professor
Cedar Falls, Iowa
Denise Schares currently serves as Associate Professor of Educational Psychology, Foundations and Leadership Studies at the University of Northern Iowa. Her background includes a B.S. in Vocational Home Economics and Health, M.A. in Educational Psychology; Teaching, and an Ed.D.in Curriculum and Instruction. Her experience includes classroom teaching, experience as Director of Curriculum and Instruction; work with the Iowa Department of Education Bureau of Food and Nutrition, Consultant and Assistant Director of Educational Services for Area Education Agency 267 and Director of Professional Development. Most recently, Dr. Schares held positions as Superintendent for the Clear Creek Amana Community School District, in Oxford, Iowa and Associate Superintendent for Educational and Student Services for the Waterloo Community School District in Waterloo, Iowa.
Dr. Schares has held multiple leadership positions and frequently presents on alternative teacher licensure, adult learning, leadership change efforts and cultural competency. Dr. Schares directs the University of Northern Iowa Institute for Educational Leadership, working to promote the improvement of elementary, secondary, and postsecondary education by working with educators to focus on and clarify important issues in education and to address the issues in an innovative and collaborative manner. She currently serves as Principal Investigator for a grant awarded by the Kern Family Foundation called Leading and Learning with Character.