Indiana University Northwest
School of Education

School of Education

Message from the Dean

Message from Dean Lora Bailey

Dr. Lora Bailey


From the Dean’s Office, at Indiana University-Northwest:

We are delighted that you have chosen to visit us here at the School of Education, Indiana University-Northwest, where we are “inspiring passion and preparing future educators to make a difference in students’ lives.”

The School of Education offers NCATE and SPA approved undergraduate and graduate programs that utilize 21st century teaching and learning strategies, focues on preparing Pre-K-12 learners to successfully navigate within 21st century environments as adults. 

I am Lora Battle Bailey, Early Childhood Education scholar and Dean for the School of Education. Over the past 13 years, I have engaged in University, state, national and international scholarship and service that has significantly impacted early childhood school readiness for children from economically disadvantaged families, early mathematics literacy, family engagement, and University-school partnerships. Sample accomplishments include service as dean at Brenau University, tenure as an Associate Professor and Chair of the Early Childhood Program at the University of Louisville, Chair and Associate Professor for the Early Childhood Program at Auburn University, and tenure-track Early Childhood faculty member at the University of South Carolina, Columbia.

As a researcher and scholar, I have partnered with Arts and Science and education faculty, school districts and local & national education agencies to generate over $3 million in research grants, and was named Provost’s Outstanding Teacher, which is the University of Louisville’s highest teaching honor. The recognition was published in the University of Louisville Magazine, spring 2006. Additionally, I received the National Network of Educational Renewal Service award (NNER) in 2004 from the John Goodlad Institute for outstanding service as Kappa Delta Pi Counselor at the University of South Carolina.  Notable research projects have been funded by the National Science Foundation, and the Improving Teacher Quality Grant program to test the efficacy of methods aimed at increasing teachers’ content and pedagogy knowledge in early childhood mathematics.

Throughout my tenure in higher education, I have served as a consultant to the Strengthening Instruction in Tennessee’s Elementary Schools in Mathematics Race to the Top initiative and served as lead early mathematics consultant to school districts located within the Alabama and South Carolina.

National professional organizational service has been focused largely on involvement in early childhood national policy driving entities such as the Association of Childhood Education International (ACEI), the national and international accrediting body of elementary programs, where I served as co-chair of the Research Committee for four years; the American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education (AACTE) Global Diversity Committee (2011-present); National Council for Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) invited speaker and member; the National Association of Holmes Scholars Alumni (NAHSA), an organization where I served as Vice President and member of the Board of Directors over a span of ten years; and member of AERA, NAEYC, AAUP and other significant education and higher education organizations. 

I am author or co-author of over 70 peer reviewed presentations aimed at disseminating research findings from my funded projects, 2 referred book chapters and 15 published research journal articles reporting the efficacy of early childhood mathematics interventions, and interactive homework assignments to increase family engagement in home learning for young children from economically adverse backgrounds.

I received a doctorate in Curriculum and Teaching in Early Childhood Education in 2002 from Auburn University; a Masters in the Art of Teaching from Auburn University-Montgomery in 1994 and a bachelor’s in Business Finance in 1987 from Auburn-Montgomery.

Again, we are excited that you chose to visit the Indiana University-Northwest School of Education virtually, and we invite you to visit our beautiful campus at your very earliest convenience!


Lora Battle Bailey, Ph.D.
Dean, School of Education
Indiana University-Northwest