David Beasley


Education Advisor, Education & Leadership

| beasleyg@wou.edu

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Why I chose WOU

I chose WOU because I wanted the opportunity to work with students at a smaller school. As a graduate of a small college, I cherish the environment at smaller schools and I relish the opportunity to give individualized attention to and build relationships with students.

At WOU since



Reading, writing, hiking, going to concerts. I am also prone to bouts of spontaneous dancing.

Fun fact

I am the world’s leading expert on the relationship between the Harry Potter novels and eighteenth-century British Gothic fiction.


Richmond, VA

Favorite book/movie

East of Eden-John Steinbeck


Areas of responsibility

Pre-Education Advisor

My role is to help students in the Pre-Education program plan for course registration, stay on track to graduate, and make progress towards licensure. I also work with students to determine what kind of teacher they want to be and to explore opportunities and resources available to them at WOU and beyond. I meet with students once per term to plan for the following quarter, review options, and provide assistance in any way I can.


Transfer Student Advisor

I work with students at community college campuses across the state who want to be teachers and are considering transferring to WOU. I provide knowledge and resources about WOU, including which courses and degrees at each community college will easily transfer to WOU. I am also there to aid in the transition process from community college to WOU. I am available to meet with students who are currently enrolled in community college to help plan for their eventual transfer to WOU.



Ph.D.-English Literature-University of Nevada, Las Vegas-2017

M.A.-English Literature-Virginia Commonwealth University-2011

B.A.-English Literature-Roanoke College-2004


Professional experience

I have over a decade of experience in higher education, as both an instructor and administrator. I have taught courses in writing and literature, and my work as an administrator has included stints as a professional writing consultant and in graduate student recruiting and admissions. I also have experience working in fundraising for nonprofits, writing resumes, and editing books and manuscripts.

Awards and honors

Administrative Faculty Development Award-UNLV

UNLV Liberal Arts PhD Student Faculty Summer Research Award

UNLV Liberal Arts Summer Graduate Research Award

2nd Place-Helene Koon Essay Award-Western Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies

1st Place-Brooks/Hudgens Family Essay Contest-UNLV


Professional memberships

American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies

Western Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies

Far West Popular Culture Association

Professional Association of Resume Writers and Career Coaches

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