Aiyana Henry, Ed.D, is an associate professor, elementary education, in the Jeannie Rainbolt College of Education at the University of Oklahoma where she teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in the department of Instructional Leadership and Academic Curriculum. She assumed the role of associate dean for professional education in July 2019.
Dr. Henry spends much of her time focused on cultivating relationships through her teaching, service, and scholarship. Building and maintaining positive relationships with her colleagues, students, national and/or local organizations, and with the community and P-12 school partners, lay the foundation for the work that she does. She has enjoyed serving in a leadership role and some of her greatest accomplishments involve the work that she has participated in at the national and local level, advocating for and helping to influence the next generation of educators.
In addition to her administrative responsibilities for the college, she has served as the Program Coordinator for the Elementary Education Program since 2013. She is a true generalist in her field and has taught a variety of undergraduate and graduate level courses throughout her career. Dr. Henry strives to transfer her knowledge of content and pedagogy, while at the same time, cultivate interest and develop an environment that fosters interaction, growth, and reflection. She currently serves as a Dunham Faculty Fellow, Provost Advisory Committees, chaired the OU Faculty Athletics Council (2017-2018 & 2019-2020), recognized with the Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education Teaching and Advising Award (2015) and the recent recipient of the Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education Leadership and Citizenship Award (2021).
Dr. Henry holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Education from The University of New Mexico and a Master of Science and Doctoral degree in Education from Baylor University.