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Dawn Behan

Professor & Director of Graduate Education Program

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


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.

She has expertise in many teaching areas, including:

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

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.