Dr. Denise Schares

Denise ScharesDr. Denise Schares currently serves as Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership and Postsecondary Education at the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls. Her background includes a B.S. in Vocational Home Economics and Health, M.A. in Educational Psychology; Teaching, and an Ed.D.in Curriculum and Instruction. Her experience includes classroom teaching, experience as Director of Curriculum and Instruction, work with the Iowa Department of Education Bureau of Food and Nutrition, Consultant and Assistant Director of Educational Services for Area Education Agency 267 and Director of Professional Development. Most recently, Dr. Schares held positions as Superintendent for the Clear Creek Amana Community School District, in Oxford, Iowa and Associate Superintendent for Educational and Student Services for the Waterloo Community School District in Waterloo, Iowa.
For the past four years, Dr. Schares has worked with the three state universities and the Board of Educational Examiners in Iowa to design and implement a collaborative approach to alternative teacher licensure called Regents Alternative Pathway for Iowa Licensure (RAPIL). Her work in adult learning along with leadership change efforts and cultural competency are topics of continued study and presentation.