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Department of Educational Foundations & Literacy

Lovinger Building Room 3155
Warrensburg, MO 64093
Phone: 660.543.8641
Dr. Dawna Lisa (Buchanan) Butterfield, Chair

Dr. Dawna Lisa (Buchanan) Butterfield

Dr. Dawna-Lisa Butterfield

Contact Information:

  • Professor of Literacy Education and Department Chair
  • Educational Foundations & Literacy
  • Lovinger Building, Room 3155
  • (660) 543-8641
  • Professional Bio  

Dr. Dawna-Lisa (Buchanan) Butterfield Professional Bio:

I am a Canadian, long transplanted into American culture, and I revel in the many adventures and experiences I have enjoyed in the United States. I have lived in New York, Ohio, Kentucky, Maine and Missouri, but traveled across North America and to Europe, sometimes with students. I have been a teacher, a librarian, a journalist, a playwright (actress/director as well), a nanny, a farm worker and an editor. I write professionally and creatively for publication. I am a mother, grandmother (Nana), wife, sister and daughter, with a passion for cultural diversity, language and the arts, good food, gardening, and animals both wild and tame. It goes without question that I love to read and enjoy music as well. I think the reason I love teaching is because I learn so much from my students – they keep me young and engaged in a rich intellectual and emotional life.


  • Ph.D., Langauge, Literature and Literacy, The Ohio State University, 1989
  • M.A., Children's Literature, The Ohio State University, 1987
  • B.A., English Literature and Drama, Brock University, Canada, 1976