Sharon Lust School of Education

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The Augustana University Sharon Lust School of Education has a long and rich history in teacher education and commitment to developing other professionals who care deeply about serving children, youth and/or adults in a variety of capacities. 

The school has an impressive track record for offering excellent professional programs that are grounded in the liberal arts and engaged in impactful research — particularly in the area of positive youth development. Faculty develop programs that are both responsive and innovative, including Augie Access, which enables students with intellectual or developmental disabilities to attend college.

Sharon Lust School of Education at AU

Meet the Dean

Dr. Laurie Daily is the inaugural Dean of the Sharon Lust School of Education, first joining AU in 2015 as chair of the Augustana Education Department. She received her doctoral degree in educational leadership at Argosy University and earned a master’s degree in special education at the University of North Carolina. Prior to coming to Augustana, Daily had been the education chairperson at Northwestern College in Orange City, Iowa, where she was chair for seven years and also taught for 12 years. Before that, she directed a field-based special education teacher training program in New Hampshire, coordinated the special education program at Plymouth State College and taught children with special needs in North Carolina.

Dean of Sharon Lust School of Education Dr. Laurie Daily

Programs of Study



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  • Program Director of Communication Disorders Dr. Karen Mahan | | 605.274.4624
  • Program Director for Teacher Education Dr. Sharon Andrews | | 605.274.4627
  • Program Director for Sign Language Interpreting Christa Gunderson | | 605.274.4628
  • Program Director of the Master of Education in Special Education — Applied Behavior Analysis Dr. Kathleen Cook | | 605.274.4623
  • Program Director of Social Work Dr. Bart Miles | | 605.274.5491
  • Dean of the Sharon Lust School of Education and Director of Graduate & Continuing Education Dr. Laurie Daily | | 605.274.5211