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)
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Two students walk along Lindquist Center on a sunny day.

College of Education graduate programs move up in latest national rankings

Wednesday, April 26, 2023
Five University of Iowa programs, including the College of Education’s Rehabilitation Counseling program which came in at No. 3, received a top-10 ranking in the recently released U.S. News & World Report Best Graduate Schools rankings for 2024.

Hand honored with Michael J. Brody Award

Wednesday, April 26, 2023
Brian Hand,  a science education professor in the University of Iowa College of Education, was honored with the Michael J. Brody Award for Faculty Excellence in Service.
Dignitaries gather at the National Library in Prishtina, Kosovo for the  Private Sector Partnership for Strengthening Higher Education.

USAID taps UI experts to connect higher education and private sector in Kosovo and Iowa

Monday, April 24, 2023
More than 20 University of Iowa faculty, students, and staff will be working with colleagues at universities in Kosovo over the next five years to strengthen ties between higher education and the private sector, thanks to a $4 million cooperative agreement with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), partnering with Iowa State University and the Kosova Education Center.
HESA alumna Kelsey Ryder

In the News: HESA alumna Ryder receives Lola Lopes Award

Wednesday, April 19, 2023
Kelsey Ryder, an alumna of the University of Iowa College of Education's Higher Education and Student Affairs (HESA) program, and associate director in UI's Office of Student Financial Aid, is the recipient of the 2023 Lola Lopes Award for Undergraduate Student Advocacy. 
Liz Hollingworth

Hollingworth honored with LTEL 2023 Distinguished Faculty Achievement Award

Monday, April 17, 2023
Liz Hollingworth, College of Education professor in Educational Leadership and director of the Center for Evaluation and Assessment, received the 2023 Learning and Teaching in Educational Leadership (LTEL) Special Interest Group (SIG) 129 Distinguished Faculty Achievement Award at the American Educational Research Association Annual meeting.
Educational Measurement and Statistics students talking in a Lindquist Center classroom

College of Education faculty, students share cutting-edge research at national meetings

Wednesday, April 12, 2023
More than 90 College of Education faculty and graduate students are presenting cutting-edge research at the American Education Research Association and National Council on Measurement in Education (NCME) annual meetings. 
HESA doctoral candidate Nicole Tennessen

Tennessen seeks understanding of how data is used to support student success

Thursday, April 6, 2023
Nicole Tennessen's research explores how institutional data is used to support student success. Tennessen decided to pursue her doctorate at Iowa, thanks to the renowned and nationally ranked Higher Education and Student Affairs Program.
Educational Measurement and Statistics PhD student, Bladimir Padilla-Fuentes

Padilla-Fuentes explores Chilean admissions process

Thursday, April 6, 2023
Bladimir Padilla-Fuentes' research explores the academic and socioeconomic factors that impact university admissions in Chile. The Chilean native was drawn to the University of Iowa to pursue his doctorate, thanks to the internationally-recognized Educational Measurement and Statistics program.

Thomas awarded first UI Fulbright to Israel

Tuesday, April 4, 2023
Dawn Thomas, who will receive a Master of Arts in Teaching in secondary English education from the College of Education in May 2023, is the winner of a prestigious Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship Award to Israel for 2023-24.
Catherine Welch

Catherine Welch honored with Regents Award for Faculty Excellence

Monday, April 3, 2023
Catherine Welch, professor in Educational Measurement and Statistics at the University of Iowa College of Education, was honored with a 2023 Regents Award for Faculty Excellence.
Dr. Hernando Lloréns stands in front of the Old Capitol overlooking Iowa City

Hernando Lloréns wins national early career award

Monday, March 27, 2023
Belén Hernando Lloréns, assistant professor in multilingual education, will receive the 2023 American Educational Research Association (AERA) Early Career Award at the spring conference in Chicago.
Ryan and Holly Anthony

Iowa Raptor Project featured in Press-Citizen

Thursday, March 23, 2023
Ryan and Holly Anthony are master falconers who manage the Iowa Raptor Project at Macbride Nature Recreation Center.
Martin Kivlighan

Kivlighan named new DEO of Psychological and Quantitative Foundations

Wednesday, March 22, 2023
Martin Kivlighan, associate professor of counseling psychology, has been selected as the next Departmental Executive Officer of Psychological and Quantitative Foundations beginning July 1.
Nicholas Bowman, professor in Higher Education and Student Affairs, reviews research with students.

Bowman selected as 2023 AERA Fellow for exceptional contributions to education research

Friday, March 10, 2023
Nicholas Bowman, professor of higher education and student affairs at the University of Iowa, and Mary Louise Petersen Chair in Higher Education in the University of Iowa College of Education, has been selected as a 2023 American Educational Research Association (AERA) Fellow.
Three people looking at papers

Izumi honored with early career scholar award

Thursday, March 2, 2023
Jared Izumi, assistant professor in psychological and quantitative foundations at the University of Iowa College of Education, was honored with a 2023 OVPR Early Career Scholars Award.
People sitting in circle

Cross-campus team receives grant to deliver innovative mental health awareness training

Monday, February 27, 2023
Thanks to a $500,000 Substance, Abuse, and Mental Health Services Administration grant, a new mental health awareness training curriculum will be provided across nine Iowa City Community Schools, entitled Project PEARLS (Prepare, Engage, Assess, Respond, Link, Sustain.)
Macbride Nature Recreation Area

A Lesson from the Macbride Nature Recreation Area

Thursday, February 23, 2023
Through the pandemic and extreme weather events, the Macbride Nature Recreation Area continues to teach us new lessons about the circle of life.
Christian Garcia crossing a suspension bridge.

Student Spotlight: Christian Garcia

Monday, February 20, 2023
Christian was motivated to participate in the YOU-LEAD program to Costa Rica in 2023 to get out of his comfort zone and learn more about communities outside of Iowa.
Luz Alcala on a balcony, rolling green hills and mountains in the background

Student Spotlight: Luz Alcala

Monday, February 20, 2023
Luz gained a bigger appreciation for teaching and traveled somewhere new on the study abroad trip to Costa Rica as part of a Baker Teacher Leader Center Global Initiative study abroad program with YOU-LEAD.
Cooper Reaves shoots a basketball.

Athletics and UI REACH a slam dunk for students with disabilities

Monday, February 20, 2023
Through the UI REACH program, alumnus Cooper Reaves lived out his passion for sports as the student manager for the Iowa Hawkeyes Women’s Basketball team in the 2022-23 season.