Dr. Ashley Nashleanas Master of Education Instructor


Ph.D., Iowa State University
M.S., Iowa State University
B.S., University of Notre Dame


Dr. Ashley Nashleanas has more than a decade of academic and professional experience in providing services, conducting research and securing resources for students with visual impairments (SVI). Among the roles she's held are those of an accessibility consultant for Pearson Educatoin, a rating panelist and expert scientist for Educational Testing Services; and a diversity and inclusion research specialist for Iowa State University.

Dr. Nashleanas earned a bachelor's degree in chemistry from the University of Notre Dame, a master's degree in computational chemistry from Iowa State University, and a doctorate in educational psychology, also from Iowa State. Recognized as the first individual with total blindness to receive a doctorate from ISU, she strives to assist other students with visual impairments in meeting their personal, academic and professional goals.

Nashleanas, A.N. (2018). Graph accessibility and comprehension for the blind: A challenge of its own kind. Graduate Theses and Dissertations.

Genareo, V., Nashleanas, A., Olson, J., Foegen, A, Dougherty, B., DeLeeuw, B., Froelich, A., Rice, K., & Karaman, R. (2017). Algebra Screening and Progress Monitoring data: 2012-2013 (Technical Report 2). Ames, IA: Iowa State University, School of Education, Algebra Screening and Progress Monitoring Project.

Nashleanas, A.N. (2013). Is Ir6 a Hydrocarbon Cracker? Graduate Theses and Dissertations. Paper 13471.

Accessibility Consultant, Pearson Education, Austin, TX, 2018–present

Rating Panelist/Expert Scientist, Educational Testing Services, Sacramento, CA, 2019

Diversity and Inclusion Research Specialist, Office of the Vice-President of Diversity & Inclusion, Iowa State University, 2017–2018

Education Faculty, Morningside College, Sioux City, IA, 2018–present