Joan Sattler

Dean, College of Education & Health Sciences

Westlake Hall 205
(309) 677-3180

Ed.D. from University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana
M.Ed. from University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana
B.S. from Western Michigan University


Dr. Joan L. Sattler has been at Bradley University since 1977, serving as Professor of Education, Chairperson of the Department of Special Education, Associate Dean, Interim Dean and Dean of the College of Education and Health Sciences. In 1985, Bradley reorganized academic units and merged the College of Education and the then College of Health Sciences into one college. Dr. Sattler was appointed interim dean during reorganization and then was appointed the founding dean of the College of Education and Health Sciences and has been responsible for leading much of the growth of departments and programs within the College. 

As the academic dean of the College of Education and Health Sciences, Joan L. Sattler leads the internal and external academic affairs of the College in preparing leaders within the human service professions. She also provides support for the College centers or partnerships in the College:  The Center for Research and Service; The Counseling Research and Training Clinic; The Institute for Gifted and Talented Youth; The William T. Kemper Project which supports Professional Development Schools and the Kemper Academy; The C.C. Wheeler Institute for the Holistic Study of Family Well-Being; The Center for STEM Education; and The Center for Collaborative Brain Research.

Dr. Sattler’s teaching, research, publications, funded grants, and service focus on teacher education, special education, and health education. She has served on several national boards and committees, including the Unit Accreditation Board (UAB), the Specialty Area Studies Board (SASB) of the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and on the Board of Directors and the Quality and Accountability Committee for The American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE). She also serves on several regional boards, such as the University of Illinois College of Medicine Community Associates Board, and the Peoria Sister City Commission. Also, she is a founding board member and past president of the Hult Health Education Center of Peoria, Illinois.

Teaching is her first love. Recently, she taught an honors seminar entitled Women and Leadership. As part of a joint research project involving another colleague and the class, the students interviewed outstanding women leaders from various professions in the region. 

The Bradley model is the teacher as scholar. Dean Sattler supports the College faculty teacher-scholars in all ways possible. The College has a variety of professional development activities and funded support and awards for these activities. Dr. Sattler’s family established an endowed faculty award for teaching excellence in her name. It is awarded annually to the outstanding professor in the College. The College also has annual research and service awards provided annually to outstanding faculty.