- Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership, Drake University
- Educational Specialist Degree in Adult Education, Drake University
- Master of Arts in Mass Communication, Drake University
- Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication, Drake University
Reed began teaching at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville in August 1999, after 10 years of adjunct teaching and two years of full time college teaching in Iowa. She worked as a communcation professional for 20 years, primarily for associations. She maintains professional certification in public relations (Accreditation in Public Relations) and meeting management (Certified Meeting Professional). Reed teaches public relations and communication courses for the Department of Communication Technologies at UW-Platteville. She also serves as Internship Coordinator for the department.