Colleen Lindecker, PhD

College of Education

Dr. Colleen Lindecker is an Assistant Professor in the College of Education at Ashford University, where she focuses on courses in higher education, early childhood education, and research methodology. She has been involved in higher education since 1997 and has been teaching online since 2007. She holds her PhD in Educational Psychology from Capella University in Minneapolis, MN; an MS in College Student Development and Administration from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse; and a BA in Psychology from Winona State University. Her research interests include children with disabilities and their families, distance learning, and motivation as it relates to learning. “My favorite thing about teaching,” she explains, “is when I am able to help a student develop confidence and become successful in their ability to learn and achieve at a level that exceeded what they thought they were capable of.” She says her experiences as a working adult online learner were some of her most valuable in helping her to identify with the needs and challenges of her students. “My own experiences with family members in special education and early intervention have been wonderful learning tools that help me to help my students appreciate and value the families they work with.” Dr. Lindecker lives in Dubuque, IA and has two children. She enjoys reading, yoga, camping, hiking, baking, and spending time with friends and family.