Joan Sattler

Joan Sattler

Dean and Professor, College of Education and Health Sciences

    Westlake Hall 205
    (309) 677-3181


Ed.D., Special Education and Educational Leadership, University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana
Ed.M., Learning Specialist, University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana
B.S., Special Education and Elementary Education, Western Michigan University


Dr. Joan L. Sattler's educational experiences span 47 years with 39 of those years in higher education at Bradley University.  She is a professor of education and has served administratively as a department chairperson, associate dean and dean of the College of Education and Health Sciences, and Interim Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs (2015-2016).

She earned a doctorate and master’s degree from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, in Special Education and Educational Leadership and a bachelor’s degree from Western Michigan University in Special Education and Elementary Education.  In 2013, she was recognized by her alma mater, the University of Illinois, as a distinguished alumna from the College of Education for “enhancing education in meaningful ways and having an exceedingly positive impact on the lives of students”.  She has received several other professional honors and recognitions over the years.

The concepts of teacher-scholar and interdisciplinary collaboration have been guiding principles which have empowered her actions as a professor and administrator.  Dr. Sattler’s teaching, research, publications, funded grants, and service focus on teacher education, special education, and health education.  She has led the establishment of many Bradley University programs, centers, and departments, such as the Department of Physical Therapy and Health Science, the university’s first professional doctoral program, the DPT – Doctor of Physical Therapy, which is now recognized nationally by the U.S. News and World Report.  The newest DNP – Doctor of Nursing Practice, was recently established, as well as new health related majors and centers.  Currently, she has led the launch of the University’s first total on-line graduate programs. Nursing’s first cohort began in August 2015 and Counseling’s first cohort began January 2016.  A highlight of her career was leading and assisting the University with the design, development, and opening of Bradley’s world class academic facility, Westlake Hall, a LEED Gold green building, which is home to the College of Education and Health Sciences.

Service to the education profession and her community have been key priorities for Dr. Sattler.  She has served on the board of directors of AACTE – The American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education and on two national boards of NCATE – The National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education.  She has served or is currently serving on several community boards, such as the University of Illinois College of Medicine Community Associates Board, the Peoria Sister City Commission, and served as founding board member and past president of the Hult Center for Healthy Living in Peoria.