Professor of Education
Director, Education Graduate Programs

Graduate Center 179B 
319-363-1323 ext. 1217

BA  University of Northern Iowa
MA Ed  University of Iowa
PhD  University of Iowa

Teaching Areas

  • Special Education - Methods
  • Classroom Management
  • Assessment
  • Strategies
  • Student Teaching Supervision Education

Professor of Education Dawn Behan join Mount Mercy in 2008. She also serves as the director of graduate programs in education. Before coming to Mount Mercy she served as a professor at Upper Iowa University, where she taught special education. For 16 years she served students in grades 5-12 at the Mental Health Institute in Independence.

Behan belongs to the international service sorority Beta Sigma Phi, as well as the honor society in higher education Phi Beta Lambda, a community service organization. She is also a member of the Council for Exceptional Children and Behavior Disorders. She attends St. John's Catholic Church in Independence, where she serves as a lector, participates in the Rosary Society, and volunteers with fundraises throughout the year.

She has presented at national and international conferences over the past 12 years, highlighting such topics as educating students with emotional or behavioral disorders.

In her spare time Behan enjoys spending time with her husband Jerry and their two children, Andrew and Erin.