Professor of Education
Chair, Department of Education 

419 Warde Hall
319-363-1323 ext. 8888


BS  University of Northern Iowa
MA  Nova Southeastern University

Professional Affiliations

  • International Reading Association
  • Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD)
  • Iowa State Education Association

Select Research Publications/Presentations

  • Presented to numerous audiences over the past ten years on the topics of Reading Comprehension and Research-Based Reading Strategies and strategies for differentiating instruction within a multiage classroom

Teaching Areas

  • Foundations of Reading
  • Diagnostic/Prescriptive Reading
  • Reading and Language Arts Methods
  • Principles of Education
  • An Invitation to Teaching

Teaching Experience

  • Total of nine years elementary teaching experience in the Nevada Community School System. Two years in Reading Recovery/Title I Reading and seven years in an integrated multiage primary classroom.
  • Joined the faculty at Mount Mercy in 2007


Jennifer Rasmussen joined Mount Mercy’s faculty in fall 2007. She brought a list of certifications with her, including K-6 Elementary teaching, K-8 Reading, K-8 English/Language Arts, K-8 Music and is a Reading Recovery trained teacher.

Rasmussen earned her M.A. in Teaching and Learning from Nova Southeastern University and is a Doctoral Candidate in Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Northern Iowa.

Jennifer believes teaching is not just what she does, but is who she is. Her grandmother was a teacher and Jennifer has been in-and-out of the classroom since she could walk. She values helping young teachers understand the complex interactions between teacher and student and uses her experiences to impact new generations of students.

Because Mount Mercy’s mission is integral in preparing teachers who are effective in reaching the whole child, Rasmussen also believes that the university understands the importance of preparing teachers for all aspects of the classroom, not just academic factors.

When she is not in the classroom, Rasmussen is spending time with her family, watching them learn and grow.