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
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A memorial for Nohema Graber at Fairfield High School.

Prioritizing mental health in Iowa’s schools

Wednesday, September 21, 2022
Learn how the Scanlan Center for School Mental Health is improving outcomes for Iowa’s youth and educators.

Faculty and staff 2021-22 Awards

Wednesday, September 21, 2022
College of Education faculty and staff garnered recognition and honors from our university, state, national, and international organizations.
Alumnus Jake Chung stands outside of East Maine School District 63 in Des Plaines, Illinois, where he serves as assistant superintendent of human resources,

Alumnus Jake Chung takes on new leadership roles

Tuesday, September 20, 2022
Jhoon “Jake” Chung of Arlington Heights, Illinois, has recently taken on several new leadership positions with his career and the University of Iowa.

Class Notes 2021-2022

Tuesday, September 20, 2022
New jobs? Promotions? Special awards and recognitions? Read on, reconnect, and catch up with fellow alumni.
Professor Emeritus Don Yarbrough

Renowned measurement and statistics professor Don Yarbrough retires

Monday, September 19, 2022
After educating Hawkeye teachers and other professionals for almost 40 years, Donald Yarbrough, professor emeritus of educational measurement and statistics, has retired from the College of Education.
Associate Professor of Instruction Robert van Deusen

After helping develop the next generation of mathematics educators, van Deusen retires

Monday, September 19, 2022
Twenty-four years after receiving his doctorate at the University of Iowa College of Education, Robert van Deusen was presented with an opportunity to teach Elementary Mathematics Methods at his alma mater.
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Connecting rural Iowans with mental health care

Monday, September 12, 2022
The Telepsychology Training Clinic (TPTC) at the University of Iowa College of Education was created to serve rural communities and their unique needs, bringing comprehensive mental health care to rural Iowa towns.  
Black and white photo of Brian An

Scholars shed light on shadow education

Wednesday, August 31, 2022
Growing up, many children are told they must do well in school to be admitted to a good university and be successful. But, with shadow education, doing well in school is easier for families who can afford to pay.

Wilson passes after decades of LGBTQ advocacy

Wednesday, August 31, 2022
John Wilson, former faculty member in Science Education, passed away on October 9, 2021.
Matthew Lira teaches students

Lira receives NSF grant to advance learning technologies

Thursday, August 25, 2022
Matthew Lira, assistant professor in educational psychology and learning sciences, was awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant to investigate the role of gesture using physical feedback in STEM learning.
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In the News: Food Insecurity on College Campuses

Tuesday, August 23, 2022
Assistant Professor Katharine Broton discusses food insecurity on college campuses with The Measure of Everyday Life.

Wesely co-PI on $1 million grant helping to create National Resource Center for Translation and Global Literacy

Wednesday, August 17, 2022
College of Education Professor Pamela Wesely is part of a team of colleagues across campus who produced a successful proposal for the U.S. Department of Education, resulting in a $1 million grant – one of the largest humanities grants at Iowa.

Girdler retires after 23 years at the College of Education

Tuesday, August 16, 2022
After teaching in the Department of Teaching and Learning at the University of Iowa College of Education for 23 years, Carol Girdler retired in spring of 2022.

Shoultz retires, leaving legacy of excellence and collaboration

Tuesday, August 16, 2022
After nearly 20 years as a faculty member Amy Shoultz, clinical professor in English Education, retired in the summer of 2022.
Students gathered inside a high school.

Scanlan Family Foundation gives $15 million to name school mental health center, expand services to schools, veterans

Monday, July 18, 2022
Thanks to a generous $15 million gift from the Scanlan Family Foundation, the Iowa Center for School Mental Health has a new name – the Scanlan Center for School Mental Health.

Pascarella ranked among 2022 top scientists

Tuesday, June 14, 2022
Ernie Pascarella, renowned scholar and faculty emeritus in Higher Education and Student Affairs, was ranked #39 in the world ranking of top 1,000 scientists in the area of social sciences and humanities by 
H. Dee Hoover (center) is one of Eight Over Eighty Hawkeyes honored in the inaugural celebration. He is seated in the middle of the other seven honorees, along with UI President Barbara Wilson and UI Center for Advancement President and Chief Executive OfficerLynette Marshall.

Hoover honored in Eight over 80 ceremony

Wednesday, June 1, 2022
University of Iowa College of Education alumnus, H. Dee Hoover, was honored as one of the Eight over 80 award winners as a Hawkeye who continues to make an impact well beyond retirement.
Blue sky dotted with puffy white clouds above the college's Lindquist Center.

Murley, Hopkins bring valuable expertise to Educational Leadership program

Wednesday, May 25, 2022
Mark Hopkins (clinical assistant professor) and Stephen Murley (clinical instructor) are joining the college's Educational Leadership program.
Megan Foley Nicpon

Foley Nicpon named new director of Belin-Blank Center for Gifted Education and Talent Development

Thursday, May 12, 2022
Megan Foley Nicpon, an internationally recognized expert in counseling psychology and twice-exceptionality, has been named the new director of the University of Iowa College of Education’s Connie Belin & Jacqueline N. Blank International Center for Gifted Education and Talent Development and the new Myron and Jacqueline N. Blank Endowed Chair in Gifted Education.
Spring 2022 graduate Zac Gavin receives BA in science education and BS in science studies.

Delivering fun to the science classroom

Wednesday, May 11, 2022
Teaching runs in Zac Gavin’s blood. The soon-to-be University of Iowa graduate will become part of the third generation of teachers in his family, and he can’t wait to inspire future generations at his alma mater in Maquoketa, Iowa.