Rita Bailey, Ed.D.
Dean, Honors College
Dr. Bailey joined the Honors College in July 2016. She previously served as assistant
provost for the Office of International Studies and Programs, the English Language
Institute and the Honors Program at Illinois State University. She joined the faculty
at Illinois State in 2002. Prior to her academic roles, Dr. Bailey worked as a hospital-
and school-based speech-language pathologist, a pediatric dysphagia specialist, hospital
administrator and special-education administrator and consultant in multiple educational
settings. Dr. Bailey has authored or co-authored nearly 40 peer-reviewed articles,
book chapters and other publications. She earned her Ed.D. in special education, a
master’s degree in speech pathology and bachelor’s degree in speech pathology/audiology
from Illinois State University.