Rachelle Loven, Ph.D.

Professor, Education

Dr. Rachelle Loven grew up in small towns in North Dakota and Minnesota where she graduated from Rothsay High School. With a $100 PTA scholarship in hand, she completed her A.A. at Fergus Falls Community College and later finished her B.S. at Bemidji State University.  

After completing her elementary education degree with specializations in art, math and early childhood,  she started her professional career in Evansville, Ind., directing a church daycare. From there she taught K-8 in a country school in Burton, Neb., and 1st - 3rd grade in Wilmot, S.D. In 1980, she found her way to Sioux Falls to teach K-3 at Christian Center Elementary. While in Sioux Falls, she completed her M.Ed. in Reading Education at Sioux Falls College.

After teaching at North Central University in Minneapolis, Rachelle returned to Sioux Falls to become a part of the faculty at USF in 1987. In 1990, she completed her Ed.D. at USD in Curriculum and Instruction.


  • B.S., Elementary Education, Bemidji State, 1976
  • M.Ed., Reading Education, University of Sioux Falls, 1984
  • Ed.D., Curriculum and Instruction, University of South Dakota, 1990

Courses Taught

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  • EDU316 - K-8 Science Methods
  • EDU538 - Practicum: K-12 Literacy
  • EDU326 - Literacy: Writing Instruction
  • EDU588 - Practicum: Qualitative Inquiryin Literacy Learning
  • EDU330 - Curriculum Development and Design

Professional Memberships



  • Teacher Education
  • Early Literacy
  • Curriculum Development


Dr. Loven participated in the International Reading Association's research project on teacher preparation. She was named to the IRS's National Commission on Excellence in Elementary Education Teacher Preparation for Reading Instruction. The Commission researched the impact of quality preparation on first year teachers.

Scholarships and Creative Work

  • Loven, R. and Hanson, M. (2014) Innovation in Preservice Elementary Teacher Preparation. ASCD. Los Angeles, Calif. Loven, R (2018) Memory and learning. Avera Health. Sioux Falls, SD.

Service/Volunteer Work

Sioux Falls Literacy Council

Dr. Loven provides inservice training for the Sioux Falls Literacy Council.

Children's Worker

Dr. Loven volunteers to work with children on Sundays at First Baptist Church.

Prayer Ministry

Dr. Loven serves as prayer ministry coordinator for The Philips House.