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MORGANTOWN, WV -

Dale Niederhauser has been appointed chairman of the Curriculum and Instruction/Literacy Studies program at West Virginia University's College of Education and Human Services.

Niederhauser comes to WVU from Iowa State University, where he was a tenured associate professor and director of undergraduate education in the College of Human Sciences School of Education.

Prior to his job at Iowa State, Niederhauser was a member of the educational studies department faculty at the University of Utah from 1994 to 2001. 

He earned his bachelor's degree in education from the State University of New York at Fredonia and his master's degree in educational technology and doctoral degree in foundations of education from the University of Utah. 

Niederhauser's research focuses on aiding teachers in effectively implementing technology in the classroom and learning in distance education contexts.

Niederhauser's predecessor in Morgantown, Curriculum and Instruction Chairwoman Joy Faini Saab, is on sabbatical.