Dr. Becky Thurman, Ed.D., Educational Administration

Dissertation Chair & Adjunct Instructor

Upon completion of her B.A. in English at SDSU, Dr. Thurman taught English and language arts, grades 7-9, for four years in Nebraska. After moving to Sioux Falls, she taught English and composition at O'Gorman High School from 1980 to 2004. From 2004-2010, she taught English and composition at Lincoln High School, completing her M.Ed. in Educational Leadership at USF in 2005 and her Ed.D. in Educational Administration/Adult and Higher Ed at USD in 2009. Dr. Thurman is currently an Associate Professor of Education at USF and has been the Director of Graduate Programs in the Fredrikson School of Education since 2010.


  • B.A., English, South Dakota State University, 1974
  • M.Ed., Educational Leadership, University of Sioux Falls, 2005
  • Ed.D., Educational Administration: Adult and Higher Ed, University of South Dakota, 2009

Courses Taught

  • EDU506 - Foundations of Educaton
  • EDU521 - Curriculum Development and Design
  • EDU555 - Research and Instructional Management
  • EDU522 - Curriculum Development and Design-Elementary Internship
  • EDU530 - Curriculum Development and Design-Secondary Internship
  • EDU562 - Diversity Issues in Education
  • EDU 523 - Curriculum Development and Design/K-12 Internship
  • AHE520 - Higher Education Administration
  • AHE534 - Internship in Adult and Higher Education

Professional Memberships

Christian Adult Higher Education Association (CAHEA)
Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD)
University Representative for American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (SDACTE)


  • English and Composition; Adult and Higher Education; Curriculum Development and Design


Doctoral Dissertation: Teaching of Critical Thinking Skills in the English Content Area in South Dakota Public High Schools and Colleges


Service/Volunteer Work

First Presbyterian Church Stephen Minister
South Dakota State University Prairie Repertoire Theatre Board of Directors
First Presbyterian Church Board of Deacons
First Presbyterian Church Confirmation Teacher
Siouxland Libraries Board of Trustees
Sioux Falls School District Curriculum Council