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Texas State University

Interim Director

Dr. Erika Nielson, Assistant Director of the Common Experience

Dr. Erika K. Nielson

Interim Director of the Common Experience
and Common Reading Coordinator


Erika K. Nielson is military-connected and has spent her time traversing the West Coast, East Coast, and Texas. She graduated from Texas A&M University with a B.A. in Anthropology. She spent numerous years teaching yoga and aquatics in the fitness industry and literacy and music in kindergarten through 12th-grade settings. Later, she received an M.A. in Reading Education from The University of Texas of the Permian Basin and worked as a Reading Specialist in West Texas. She earned a Ph.D. in Developmental Education with Literacy Focus from Texas State University. In 2014, she joined the Common Reading Committee at Texas State, and in 2017 became the Common Reading Coordinator. In 2018, she took on the additional title the Assistant Director of the Common Experience. She also serves as a senior lecturer for General Studies and University Seminar courses.


Ph.D. in Developmental Education, Texas State University, 2017
Dissertation: Students in Developmental Literacy Participating in a Mindfulness-Based Intervention: An Investigation of Mindfulness, Self- Compassion, Affect, and Effort

M.A. in Reading Education, The University of Texas of the Permian Basin, 2013

B.A. in Anthropology, Texas A&M University, 1999
Honors Program

Key Committee Assignments

Executive Chair, Common Experience 2019-2020 theme, Truth, 2019-2020.

Chair, Common Reading Selection Committee, 2017-Present
- - - . Member, 2016-2017.

Common Experience Committee, 2017-Present.