Amanda Thein
Areas of Responsibility

  • Academic Affairs
  • Graduate Programs and Certificates
  • International Programs
  • Office of Graduate Teaching Excellence
  • New Faculty Program
  • I-Fellows
  • Dean's Fellows

More about Amanda Thein

Amanda Thein is Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Graduate Programs and is Professor of Language, Literacy, and Culture in the University of Iowa's College of Education.  Before coming to the University of Iowa in 2011, she was a faculty member in English Education at the University of Pittsburgh, and a high school English and journalism teacher in Littleton, Colorado.

Professor Thein's research focuses on socio-cultural and socio-emotional aspects of literary response; critical approaches to multicultural literature instruction; and the intersection of critical youth studies and young adult literature.  Her research has been published in journals such as Research in the Teaching of English, Journal of Literacy Research, and Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy.  She is co-author of four books, including Teaching to Exceed the English Language Arts Common Core State Standards (Routledge, 2016). She is co-editor of an international journal, English Teaching: Practice & Critique, and a member of the Conference on English Education's Executive Committee.

Professor Thein previously served as Program Coordinator for the Language, Literacy, and Cultural Doctoral Program and Chair of the College of Education's Faculty Advisory Committee at the University of Iowa.  She is Co-Founder and Co-Director of Strong Girls Read Strong Books - an afterschool book club program and longitudinal research project involving preservice teachers and young girls at a local elementary school.

Professor Thein holds degrees from the University of Minnesota (PhD in English Education), the University of Denver (MA in Curriculum & Instruction), and the University of Colorado at Boulder (BA in English; BS in Journalism).