Dr. Patricia Dean Ziegler
Professor and Program Chair
Dr. Ziegler has taught Court Reporting for more than 20 years. She served as a Vice President and Academic Dean and as a Professor of Realtime Reporting at AIB College of Business in Des Moines. Most recently she has been an Associate Professor and Program Coordinator of Information Reporting Technology at St. Louis Community College.
"Dr. Ziegler has an extensive reputation in the Court Reporting education field," said Dr. Mary Entz, Provost of the DMACC Newton Campus. "She has many academic talents and achievements that will help our new program flourish. Students will appreciate her expertise and enthusiasm."
She will oversee all aspects of DMACC's new Court Reporting program, including academic requirements, recruiting and mentoring students enrolled in the program. "Court Reporters are extensively used throughout our legal system and across the country.
This is a growing, in-demand career. With many Court Reporters retiring in the next few years, our graduates will find many exciting and rewarding opportunities," said Dr. Entz.
The average Court Reporters salary in Iowa is $48,000, but according to the National Court Reporters Association (NCRA), pay can top out at $100,000 a year.
The DMACC Newton Campus is the only institution of higher learning to offer Court Reporting in a five-state area; Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas, South Dakota or North Dakota.
Dr. Ziegler is a member of the National, Iowa, and Missouri Court Reporting Associations. She is also a Certified Court Reporting Instructor and a Certified Program Evaluator for NCRA. She earned an M.A. from the University of South Dakota and most recently a Doctorate of Education from the University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis, Minnesota.