Southeastern News

Colorado Literacy Director, Southeastern graduate Alisa Dorman to address Fall graduates on Dec. 12

Alisa Dorman

Alisa Dorman

DURANT, Okla. – Alisa (Frank) Dorman, Executive Director, Office of Literacy for the Colorado Department of Education, will be the speaker at Southeastern Oklahoma State University’s Fall Commencement.

Two ceremonies will be held on Saturday, Dec. 12, in Bloomer Sullivan Arena.



The two ceremonies will be held as follows:

10:00 – 11:00 a.m.

  • School of Education & Behavioral Sciences
  • John Massey School of Business
  • Master of Business Administration
  • Master of Science (Aerospace Administration and Logistics)
  • Master of Arts (Clinical Mental Health Counseling)
  • Master of Education
  • Master of Arts (Teaching)
  • Master of Science (Sports Studies and Athletic Administration)
  • Master of Science (Native American Leadership)

2:00 – 3:00 p.m.

  • School of Arts & Sciences
  • Master of Technology
  • Master of Science (Safety)
  • Master of Music Education

Dorman holds three degrees from Southeastern — a Master of Education in School Counseling (’95), a Master of Elementary Education in Reading (’95), and a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education (’90). She is a graduate of Bokchito High School.

“We are delighted that Alisa is returning to Southeastern as our commencement speaker this fall,’’ said Southeastern president Sean Burrage. “It’s very meaningful for our graduates to hear from someone who has been where they have been, so to speak. And for Alisa to be a product of Southeastern’s teacher education program makes it even more special.  I think we all look forward to hearing her success story and the role that the University may have played in her impressive career.’’

Upon graduation, Dorman  began her education career as an elementary teacher in Texas and later in Oklahoma.   In 1997, she  was named Teacher of the Year for Durant Public Schools and was later named runner-up in the State Teacher of the Year program.

She left the classroom to join the Oklahoma Department of Education in 1998 as an early childhood and family education specialist.  In 2002, Dorman  became Director and Team Lead for Reading First, a federal reading initiative.

Dorman  spent nine years at the Oklahoma Department of Education before moving into education research and development.

She joined  Oregon-based Dynamic Measurement Group (DMG), where she worked as the Liaison to Partners, as well as Director of Training Events and Institutes. While at DMG, Dorman  served as a member of the Executive Team, as well as the Research and Development Team.  She contributed to the development of multiple literacy assessment tools and professional development materials for educators.

In her current position, which she has held since September 2014, Dorman oversees the Office of Literacy at the Colorado Department of Education. Part of her duties include leading  the state’s early reading initiative, along with several special projects related to early learning.  She is a member of the Education Commissioner’s Cabinet and co-leads the implementation of the department’s strategic plan.

Dorman  has served on numerous boards and committees, including the Oklahoma Child Care Resource and Referral Association Board, the State Superintendent’s Teacher Advisory Committee, the Durant Education Foundation, and the Boys and Girls Club of Durant. She is currently serving as a Commissioner on Governor John Hickenlooper’s SERVE Colorado Board, and on the Planning Committee for the Lieutenant Governor Joseph Garcia’s Literacy Week Tour.

Dorman resides in Highlands Ranch, Colorado, with her husband, Chris.  They have two children, Riley and Emma.

She is the daughter of John and Mary Frank of Durant.