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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


(Buchanan) Butterfield



  Professor of Literacy Education & Department Chair

  Educational Foundations & Literacy

  College of Education

  Lovinger Building, Room 3155

  (660) 543-8641

  Professional Bio  







I am Canadian-born, long transplanted into American culture, and recently became an American citizen.  I revel in the many adventures and experiences I have enjoyed through travel – diversity and multicultural responsiveness are key themes in my teaching philosophy and practices.  I have lived in New York, Ohio, Kentucky, Maine and Missouri, but traveled across North America and to Europe, sometimes with students. In the Spring of 2017 I will have the opportunity to teach in Spain!  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 building relationships with colleagues and students, 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