College of Education Office of Strategic Communications staff are ready to help connect media with University of Iowa College of Education expert sources, provide information about our initiatives, history, and people, and share our college’s story. 

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Lois J. Gray

Director of Strategic Communications
319-335-5347 (office)
319-430-3740 (cell)


Lauren Irwin poses with Jodi Linley outside The Englert after graduating from her doctorate program.

Lauren Irwin wins dissertation of the year award from the College Student Educators International

Wednesday, February 21, 2024
University of Iowa College of Education alumna Lauren Irwin was awarded the Marylu McEwen Dissertation of the Year Award from College Student Educators International.
Amira Nash teaching

U.S. Department of Education grant addresses teacher shortage, diversifies workforce

Thursday, February 15, 2024
The U.S. Department of Education has awarded the UI College of Education a $1.26 million grant for a program that will partner with Iowa school districts, community colleges, and community partners. The program will support 40 high quality elementary teachers through coursework and field experiences, resulting in a Bachelor of Arts, a teaching license, and a K12 ESL endorsement in Iowa.
College of Education School Counseling Student

Social emotional learning inspires school counseling graduate student Ryan Frank

Thursday, February 8, 2024
Ryan Frank knew he wanted to bring social emotional learning into educational settings after his experience working with students for AmeriCorps. Frank worked at the non-profit Catherine McAuley Center as part of his AmeriCorps placement after he received his undergraduate degree in social work and Spanish from the University of Northern Iowa. 
College of Educations student studying by computer

UI College of Education’s online programs move up 14 spots in latest rankings

Tuesday, February 6, 2024
The University of Iowa College of Education’s online academic graduate programs have earned national recognition and are now ranked among the best in the country.
Mark McDermott speaking to group

In the News: McDermott discusses UI, Kirkwood partnership with DI

Friday, February 2, 2024
Kirkwood Community College students can now seamlessly transfer to the University of Iowa College of Education to obtain their elementary education licensure, due to a new articulation agreement between the two institutions.
Tom Hicks Student Support Coordinator

Hicks helps students juggle life and school

Friday, January 26, 2024
When Tom Hicks received a set of juggling balls from his grandmother 20 years ago, little did he know it would become a crucial teaching tool in his career. Now, as the College of Education's Student Support Coordinator, Tom Hick uses juggling as a tool to support student success.
Non-traditional student Kayleigh Sutton in Ghana

Feeling connected while studying abroad in Ghana as a non-traditional student

Wednesday, January 24, 2024
Kayleigh Sutton, an elementary education major and a Diversity Ambassador Scholarship recipient (now the Global Access Ambassador Scholarship), participated in the Ghana Education and Culture program in summer 2023.
Mark McDermott talks with students Lindquist

UI, Kirkwood create seamless transfer pathway to elementary education licensure

Monday, January 22, 2024
Students interested in becoming elementary education teachers now have another pathway to the profession thanks to a shared commitment to increase student access to higher education.
Dare to Discover banners hanging in Iowa City

Five UI College of Education students selected for OVPR’s 'Dare to Discover' campaign

Tuesday, January 16, 2024
The Office of the Vice President for Research’s annual Dare to Discover banner campaign highlights 80 researchers and scholars from across the university.
Illustration of alumna and donor, Linda R. Baker

A tribute to Linda Baker

Monday, January 8, 2024
Linda R. Baker, College of Education alumna and passionate supporter of education, died Dec. 27 at age 77. Her legacy lives on in the many profound and positive contributions she and her husband Dale have made over the years. The Baker Teacher Leader Center in the UI College of Education is named in her honor.
University of Iowa campus in the winter

In the News: Vogelgesang offers wellness tips on how to thrive during the holidays

Monday, December 18, 2023
UI College of Education Clinical Associate Professor and Scanlan Center for School Mental Health Director of Professional Development Kari Vogelgesang provides tips on how centering values help you thrive during the holidays.
Josie Mbaye ( science education/environmental science major), a Diversity Ambassador Scholarship recipient

Studying abroad in Chile

Wednesday, December 13, 2023
A reflection piece by Josie Mbaye (science education/environmental science major), a Diversity Ambassador Scholarship recipient.
UI art education student Liv Plowman

Pandemic prompts Iowa student to pursue art passion

Tuesday, December 12, 2023
Despite switching majors early in her University of Iowa experience, Liv Plowman has no regrets. She is now looking forward to her first job as an elementary art teacher in rural Iowa.
Jessica Soria poses for a photo in the Lindquist Center.

Soria finds her path to helping profession through ESHR major

Tuesday, December 12, 2023
As a first-generation Latina student, Jessica Soria found her professional path through the Education Studies and Human Relations major. She is also the featured student speaker at the College of Education Undergraduate Commencement and Teacher Education Program Recognition Ceremony.
High school students operate robots as part of a STEM learning activity.

Study: diverse college classrooms linked to better STEM learning outcomes for all students

Tuesday, December 5, 2023
Students achieve better grades in college science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) courses when those classrooms have higher numbers of underrepresented racial-minority and first-generation college students, according to new research, co-authored by University of Iowa Higher Education and Student Affairs Professor Nicholas Bowman.
Faculty and staff sit around a table listening to a trainer in Kosovo.

Kosovo's public universities develop skills for curricular reform

Sunday, December 3, 2023
Kosovo's public universities are enhancing collaboration with industry leaders in the agriculture and Information Communications and Technology (ICT) sectors to align curriculum revisions with market demands.
Members of the Iowa Academy of Education pose for a photo. Top row left to right: Dan Clay (UI), Ann Gansemer-Topf (ISU), Pam Wesely (UI), Amanda Thein (UI), Liz Hollingworth (UI), Allison Bruhn (UI), Bob Reason (ISU). Second row left to right: Jeff Weld (UNI), Denise Crawford (ISU), Scott Ellison (UNI), David Hernandez (UNI), and Nick Bowman (UI)

UI’s Bruhn and Wesely inducted into Iowa Academy of Education

Wednesday, November 29, 2023
UI College of Education professors Allison Bruhn and Pamela Wesely were recently inducted into the Iowa Academy of Education. Membership to the academy is granted to those who show rigor and creativity in their scholarship. Inductees have outstanding scholarship related to teaching and learning.
Iowa City Pride Parade & Festival, June 17, 2023

Coleman garners national awards for ‘Banned Childhoods’ project

Tuesday, November 21, 2023
James Joshua (Josh) Coleman, assistant professor of English education, is the recipient of two Children’s Literature Assembly awards for his research on how activism challenges beliefs that ban LGBTQ+ children’s literature from libraries and schools.
Cassie Barnhardt stands in front of seated scholars around a table.

Iowa shares education analytics practices with colleagues from Kosovo's public universities

Monday, November 20, 2023
Staff from Kosova's public universities are considering a new approach to embracing data with a series of education analytics training sessions provided by the University of Iowa as part of USAID's Private Sector Partnerships to Strengthen Higher Education Activity.

Former Noyce scholars make an impact in Iowa’s high-needs schools

Wednesday, November 15, 2023
Meet two Noyce scholar recipients who are now working in classrooms. Mathematics education undergraduates may be eligible for the scholarship, which provides $13,000 per year for up to two years.