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Lois J. Gray

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McElroy-Heltzel’s research among International Journal of Psychology’s top cited articles

Tuesday, May 21, 2024
Stacey McElroy-Heltzel, University of Iowa assistant professor of counseling psychology and researcher in the field of psychology, has garnered recognition for her work on the impact of COVID-19 on mental health.
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Emerging ICT student clubs show talent and commitment for peer support

Friday, May 17, 2024
With USAID's support, eight student clubs were established in ICT and Agriculture fields across University of Prishtina, University of Peja, and University of Prizren. These clubs have garnered significant interest, with more than 300 students participating in events so far.
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Iowa Department of Education, University of Iowa announce new Iowa Reading Research Center director

Wednesday, May 15, 2024
Iowa Department of Education Director McKenzie Snow and University of Iowa College of Education Dean Dan Clay today announced Shawn Datchuk as the next director of the Iowa Reading Research Center.
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Alumni awarded Fulbright awards to Asia

Monday, May 13, 2024
Alumni Margo Christensen and Fabian Ouellet-Pinto were awarded Fulbright English Teaching Assistant Awards.
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COE faculty recognized for excellence in research

Wednesday, May 8, 2024
College of Education faculty members Leah Zimmermann and Hyesun You were bestowed with 2024 Meritorious Research Awards.
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Neal, Hoffman receive Collegiate Teaching Awards

Wednesday, May 8, 2024
College of Education faculty members Ted Neal and Lesa Hoffman were recently honored for their exemplary teaching and mentorship.
McKenna Haag smiles for photo outside of the Lindquist Center.

Student speaker McKenna Haag empowers others to find their voice

Tuesday, May 7, 2024
McKenna Haag, an elementary education major, is passionate about teaching others to use their voice and to inspire self-efficacy – whether they are her students or her fellow peers.
Kenneth Brown in front of bookcase.

Brown honored with the Michael J. Brody Award for Faculty Excellence in Service

Friday, April 26, 2024
Kenneth G. Brown, the Tippie Children Professor of Management and interim DEO of Educational Policy and Leadership Studies in the College of Education, is one of three UI faculty being recognized with the 2024 Michael J. Brody Award for Faculty Excellence in Service.
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College of Education launches new undergraduate counseling major

Thursday, April 25, 2024
New Counseling and Behavioral Health Services degree designed for undergraduate students who want to develop a foundation in helping processes and human behavior.
Deb Kakavas, Bettina Hass, Bobbie Bevins

College of Education recognizes Bettina Hass Excellence in Commitment and Dedication Awardees, a retirement, longevity honorees

Wednesday, April 24, 2024
Bobbie Bevins and Deb Kakavas received the Bettina (Tina) Hass Excellence in Commitment and Dedication Awards at the UI College of Education Staff Appreciation Lunch Celebration. The college also celebrated Kathy Mossman's retirement and 14 longevity award honorees.
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Empowering Kosovan ICT students

Monday, April 22, 2024
USAID's Private Sector Partnerships to Strengthen Higher Education Activity collaborates with Polymaths, one of the activity’s ICT private sector partners, and their partners from Amazon Web Services. This collaboration provides students with training and long-term support to enhance their cloud computing skills.
Amanda Thein speaks at a podium.

College of Education builds partnerships with K-12 educators

Wednesday, April 17, 2024
Local stakeholders from K-12 education and the University of Iowa discussed student learning, effective teaching, and innovative and inclusive educational practices at the first Connecting K-12 and Higher Education Conference.
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Collaborative curriculum development: UI, Kosovo public universities partner with industry leaders

Thursday, April 11, 2024
Professors specializing in competency-based education at the University of Iowa have joined forces with their counterparts from public universities in Kosovo to lead workshops aimed at revising curricula in response to insights from the private sector.
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Regan Trexel honored as recipient of 2024 Iowa Direct Support Professional of the Year

Wednesday, April 10, 2024
University of Iowa graduate student Regan Trexel has been named the Iowa Direct Support Professional of the Year by ANCOR, the leading voice in Washington for community-based disability services providers, due to her role at UI REACH as the lead social engagement peer mentor.
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College of Education graduate programs receive high marks in latest national rankings

Monday, April 8, 2024
Twenty three University of Iowa programs, including three College of Education graduate programs, were ranked in the top 25 in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.
Elementary Education alumnus Kenny Gaskin

In the news: Elementary Education alumnus featured in Des Moines Register

Monday, April 1, 2024
UI Elementary Education alumnus Kenny Gaskin spent his childhood looking up to his teachers. He’s now a teacher with Des Moines Public Schools, inspiring students and building a sense of community in the classroom.
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UI hosts community-based interpreters for summit on professional development and multilingual communities

Thursday, March 28, 2024
More than 20 participants from across the state recently participated in a professional development summit to learn how to even better serve and support multilingual communities in Iowa. The summit was made possible thanks to a grant from the U.S. Department of Education to launch the National Resource Center for Translation and Global Literacy.
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Dr. Ernest Pascarella Memorial fund honors the late professor, supports students

Tuesday, March 26, 2024
The Dr. Ernest Pascarella Memorial Scholarship fund was established by the family of the late professor emeritus of Higher Education and Student Affairs (HESA) to assist graduate students in HESA with the greatest financial need.
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In the News: Scanlan Center for School Mental Health highlighted by Inside Higher Ed

Wednesday, March 6, 2024
Faculty and staff at Iowa community colleges want to support their students’ mental health; however, many feel underprepared to do so. UI's Scanlan Center for School Mental Health provided some helpful solutions.
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Watt earns American College Personnel Association Contribution to Knowledge Award

Tuesday, March 5, 2024
Higher Education and Student Affairs Professor Sherry K. Watt was awarded the American College Personnel Association (ACPA): College Student Educators International’s Contribution to Knowledge Award for the research she does on strategies for engaging across difference using practices that build stamina within the self and in relationships with others to sustain community.