Dr. Emily Dean


Dr. Emily Ocker Dean, associate professor of education and director of the HSU Center for Literacy and Learning, graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies with an emphasis in Early Childhood Education from Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas, in 1997.

For several years, she taught first and second grades in Central and East Texas. In 2002, she received a Master of Education in curriculum and instruction with a specialization in reading from Texas A&M University. She continued her graduate work at Texas A&M, graduating in 2007 with a Doctor of Philosophy in curriculum and instruction.

She holds valid Texas teaching certificates as a general education classroom teacher and a reading specialist. Dean currently teaches courses in beginning literacy and classroom organization of reading instruction. Additionally, she trains dyslexia interventionists and serves as a community resource on dyslexia and related reading difficulties.

Dean is actively involved in serving children and adults with dyslexia through the International Dyslexia Association. Additionally, she serves the Abilene community through work with several community organizations. In her free time, Dean enjoys a variety of activities with her husband and three children and is actively involved at her church.

Degrees Earned

  • Bachelor of Science, Interdisciplinary Studies, Texas State University - San Marcos, 1997
  • Master of Education, Curriculum and Instruction, Texas A&M University - College Station, 2002
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Curriculum and Instruction, Texas A&M University - College Station, 2007
  • A Princeton Review Best Western College
  • Council for Christian Colleges & Universities  
  • Center for Student Opportunity: Promoting a College-Bound Culture
  • US News Best Colleges
  • Military Friendly
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  • College Choice Best Christian Colleges and University
  • University and College Accountability Network