Kristen Nichols-Besel

Job Titles


Literacy Education, Education for Multilingual Learners, Qualitative Research, Academic Writing

Started at Bethel



  • University of Northern Iowa - B.A. in English Education, 2000
  • Iowa State University - M.A. in English Literature, 2005
  • University of Minnesota - Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction, Literacy Education, 2015


Nichols-Besel, K., Scharber, C., O'Brien, D. G., & Dillon, D. R. (2018). A space for boys and books: Guys Read book clubs. Children and Libraries: The Journal of ALSC, 16(2), 19-26.

Dillon, D. R., O'Brien, D. G., Scharber, C., & Nichols-Besel, K. (2017). Guys Read: A summer library reading program for boys. Children and Libraries: The Journal of ALSC, 15(2), 3-8.

Hansen, M., Hartley, D., Jamsen, K., Levin, K., & Nichols-Besel, K. (2015). So much more than just an "A": A transformative high school and university writing center partnership. In J. S. Blumner & P. B. Childers (Eds.), WAC partnerships among secondary and post-secondary institutions. Fort Collins, CO: WAC Clearinghouse.

Nichols-Besel, K. (2015). "A very likable person": Character development in Louis Sachar's There's a Boy in the Girls' Bathroom. The ALAN Review, 43(1), 23-31.


Nichols-Besel, K. (2019, April). Reading and writing support on exams for multilingual learners at the college level. Presentation at the Minnesota Writing and English Conference. Brooklyn Park, Minnesota.

Jamsen, K., Levin, K., & Nichols-Besel, K. (2018, March). From client to co-investigator: How might we engage clients in research to improve writing center access and inclusion? Presentation at the Midwest Writing Centers Association regional conference, Omaha, Nebraska.

Jamsen, K., & Nichols-Besel, K. (2016, November). Here's what I want YOU to know about ME!: Using optional student profile data to explore student writers' identities. Presentation at the National Conference on Peer Tutoring in Writing annual conference, Tacoma, Washington.

Hansen, M., Jamsen, K., Nichols-Besel, K., & Shea, M. (2016, March). Conversation to confidence: Cultivating high school and university writing center collaborations to renew and sustain our work. Presentation at the Midwest Writing Centers Association regional conference, Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Nichols-Besel, K. (2015, June). Forming friendships, creating crisis, overcoming obstacles: Textual features of YAL that support adolescents' engagement with texts. Presentation at the Louisiana State University Young Adult Literature Conference, Baton Rouge, Louisiana.   

O'Leary, H., Nichols-Besel, K., Bruce, E., & Lang, U. (2015, April). Mentoring Initiative - Dissertation writing: From impossible to invaluable. Presentation at the Central States Anthropological Society annual meeting, St. Paul, Minnesota.

Bruce, E., & Nichols-Besel, K. (2015, March). From the outside in: Disciplinary approaches to writing center research. Presentation at the International Writing Centers Association Collaborative at the Conference on College Composition and Communication, Tampa, Florida.

Certificates and Licenses

Standard License (Issued by the State of Iowa Board of Educational Examiners): 5-12 English/Language Arts, 5-12 Reading, K-12 Athletic Coach [8/30/2018-7/31/2024]