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Shelly Bayer

Dr.  Shelly Bayer


Director of Multicultural Affairs & Accessibility

Office Building

University Student Union



Mailing Address

University Student Union 271
Student Serv Support-Box 2815C
University Station
Brookings, SD 57007


“Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.” This quote attributed to Maya Angelou has been a driving force throughout Dr. Bayer's life, and certainly applies to her commitment to create spaces that value diverse, inclusive perspectives and systems that generate equitable opportunities.

As a life-long learner deeply invested in a strengths-mindset, Shelly enjoys the opportunity to assist students directly in their comprehensive development during their higher education experience. Prior to her current role, she worked in educational development and teaching.

Dr. Bayer also is a member of the LeadState facilitation team and provides consulting as a Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach.


Doctor of Education, Education Administration - Adult and Higher Education (University of South Dakota)
Masters of Education, Curriculum and Instruction - Literacy (University of Nevada - Las Vegas)
Bachelor of Arts, English Education (South Dakota State University)

Academic Interests

Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach
Reading and Learning Specialist
Dyslexia Advocate at the local, state and regional levels
Leadership Development Advocate

Committee Activities

LeadState Program
International Dyslexia Association - Upper Midwest Branch, Executive Board & Past President
Brookings Area Transit Authority - Board of Directors
Intercollegiate Athletics Board
Access, Opportunity and Belonging Committee

Awards and Honors

Presidential Award of Excellence, 2023