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. 

Media Inquiries

Please contact:

Lois J. Gray

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


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.
University of Iowa campus in the fall

Counselor education faculty, students receive honors for research, teaching

Friday, November 10, 2023
The University of Iowa College of Education’s faculty and doctoral students have been honored for their work in counselor education by the North Central Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (NCACES).
A group  of people wearing netted caps tour the Institute for Agriculture Development in Kosovo.

UI supports industrial boards at Kosovan public universities

Tuesday, November 7, 2023
In the pursuit of strengthening higher education and promoting meaningful academia-industry partnerships, the USAID-funded Private Sector Partnerships to Strengthen Higher Education activity joins forces with three public universities in Kosovo to engage and empower industrial boards for the 2023-24 academic year.

Reeve-Mendoza honored with 2023 Hawkeye Distinguished Veterans Award

Monday, November 6, 2023
Yareli Reeve-Mendonza is passionate about using her military experience to help other women veterans. To recognize her service, she is being honored with a 2023 Hawkeye Distinguished Veterans Award.
Faculty sitting in a circle with grade school students

Federal grant to bolster mental health evaluation, training, research, and innovation for schools

Thursday, November 2, 2023
The University of Iowa College of Education partners with three universities to scale up school mental health training and workforce expansion efforts nationwide.
Chuck Xander, Iowa’s new embedded counselor focusing on Veterans and military-connected students

Here to support students who served

Wednesday, October 18, 2023
Chuck Xander, Iowa’s new embedded counselor focusing on Veterans and military-connected students, brings a great blend of empathy and expertise to the role because of his own military service and educational background.

Retirements 2022-2023

Monday, October 16, 2023
Honoring our retiring faculty and their contributions to the College of Education.
Old Capitol on a sunny afternoon

Faculty, Staff and Student 2022-23 Awards

Friday, October 13, 2023
College of Education faculty and staff garnered recognition and honors from our university, state, national, and international organizations.
Three men talking in class

Education faculty awarded grant to improve disability services for Iowa students

Thursday, October 12, 2023
Three UI College of Education faculty were recently awarded a five-year, $800,000 grant that will fund the Interdisciplinary Counseling, Rehabilitation, and Special Education Service Training project, a collaboration between faculty in the college’s Rehabilitation Counseling and Special Education programs.