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)


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.
Several men stand in front of a room, presenting information to students in Kosovo.

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.
Professors from University of Iowa and Kosovo public universities discuss issues while standing around a table.

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.
Regan Trexel headshot

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.
two students walk near Lindquist Center on a sunny day

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.
Belén Hernando-Lloréns, PhD professional development and multilingual communities summit

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.
Older man smiles warmly

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.
Staff of the Scanlan Center for School Mental Health

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.
Sherry Watt Portrait

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.
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.