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Professor Nicholas Bowman stands by a table surrounded by standing students.

Bowman named new editor-in-chief of premier journal, Educational Researcher

Tuesday, August 1, 2023
Two College of Education faculty members – Nicholas Bowman and Brian An – have been named as the new editor-in-chief and co-editor, respectively, for the Educational Researcher, the American Educational Researcher Association’s premier journal.
Professors stand in front of group around table.

ISU professors lead workshops on learning-centered classes for Kosovan professors

Monday, July 31, 2023
Iowa State University professors facilitated a series of training workshops to university students in Kosovo as part of the the Private Sector Partnerships to Strengthen Higher Education activity, funded by USAID and implemented by the University of Iowa, Iowa State University, and the Kosova Education Center.
Steven Triplett smiles in his office.

Triplett retires after decades of building relationships through education

Friday, July 28, 2023
Steven Triplett, a clinical instructor of educational leadership, retires this year after passing down valuable instruction and lessons from 48 years in education to the next generation of administrators.
Professor Walter Vispoel stands outside of Lindquist

Long time educational measurement faculty member, Vispoel, retires

Wednesday, July 26, 2023
After teaching future analysts and conducting renowned research in the University of Iowa College of Education’s Educational Measurement and Statistics program for more than 35 years, Professor Walter Vispoel is retiring.
Groups of students sitting outside the Belin-Blank Center on campus

Assouline retires after more than three decades of service in higher education

Wednesday, July 26, 2023
After an illustrious career that spanned more than 30 years in the University of Iowa College of Education, Susan Assouline, a distinguished faculty member and school psychology professor, is retiring.
Tween laying on the couch scrolling social media on a smart phone

In the News: Bardhoshi provides tips to help kids develop healthier social media habits

Thursday, July 20, 2023
Summertime leads to free time, down time, and screen time, which means now is a good time for parents of teens and preteens to talk to their children about phone use, social media habits, and boundaries. Counseling Education Professor Gerta Bardhoshi provides helpful tips.
Students sit at a seminar in the Belin-Blank Center.

Academy for Twice-Exceptionality empowers neurodivergent students

Wednesday, July 5, 2023
The Belin-Blank Center’s Academy for Twice-Exceptionality is a program that strives to ensure that neurodiverse students have a positive and fulfilling college experience.
A group gathers in Pizren, Kosovo, standing on front steps of building.

Experiential learning workshops yield insights on internships in agriculture

Friday, June 30, 2023
The Private Sector Partnerships to Strengthen Higher Education participants recently organized a series of highly informative training workshops titled "Structured Internships in Agriculture."
College of Education Dean Daniel L. Clay sits at the head of a conference table, leading a workshop with industry experts in Kosovo.

Partnership delivers workshops on industry-university strategic cooperation

Monday, June 26, 2023
University of Iowa College of Education Dean Daniel L. Clay recently led workshops that brought together representatives from private sector companies, industrial boards, professors, career centers, and research institutions as part of the Private Sector Partnerships to Strengthen Higher Education Activity.
Students exploring the horizon with binoculars during School of the Wild

In the News: School of the Wild expands to get hundreds of more Iowa kids into the woods

Monday, June 26, 2023
The University of Iowa is expanding its wilderness education program to reach 4,500 elementary school children this year, and it should bring the outdoor learning experience to more than 6,000 next year.
Pride flag and old capitol building

UI faculty, alumni net grant to help LGBTQ+ students thrive on campus

Thursday, June 22, 2023
Jodi Linley, University of Iowa associate professor in Higher Education and Student Affairs, is part of a $500,000 grant from the Spencer Foundation for first-of-its-kind research on LGBTQ+ college students. The grant is in collaboration with HESA alumni Cindy Ann Kilgo and Alex Lange.
Alumna and veteran John Mikelson in front of a U.S. flag

Mikelson honored as small business champion for veterans

Tuesday, June 20, 2023
Alumnus John Mikelson retired from the Army in 2004, but he has never stopped helping veterans and service members get the support they need. That's why he was recently recognized as the 2023 Small Business Administration (SBA) Veterans Small Business Champion of the Year.
A group of people tour a brewery bottling plant in Kosovo.

Kosovo's private sector takes an active role in preparing students for job market

Friday, June 9, 2023
As part of the Private Sector Partnerships for Strengthening Higher Education, the Iowa Consortium team visited partner businesses to cultivate collaborative opportunities for businesses and public universities
Two students walk along Lindquist Center on a sunny day.

Three College of Education students awarded scholarships to study abroad

Wednesday, June 7, 2023
Out of thousands of applicants nationwide, seven students from the University of Iowa have been granted a prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, which awards each recipient up to $5,000 to study abroad.
Cassie L. Barnhardt, project director, with Armand Krasniqi, rector of the University of Peje “Haxhi Zeka.”

New partnerships with private sector strengthens higher education in Kosovo

Thursday, June 1, 2023
The latest USAID-funded activity entitled Private Sector Partnerships to Strengthen Higher Education (PSPSHE) in Kosovo kicked off Monday, April 24, 2023, at the National Library of Kosovo.  The Iowa Consortium, led by the University of Iowa (UI), in cooperation with its partners Iowa State University (ISU), and the Kosova Education Center (KEC), is implementing the partnership.
A group photo of UI alumni over the age of 80 being honored, sitting in a row of chairs.

Clothier, Townsend honored in ‘Eight Over 80’ celebration

Wednesday, May 31, 2023
Two University of Iowa College of Education Alumni – Elizabeth Clothier and Orville “Speedy” Townsend – were among eight University of Iowa alumni honored during the 2023 Eight Over 80 Awards Celebration.
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Coleman selected as national fellow to study book-banning practices and LGBTQ+ activism

Wednesday, May 31, 2023
James Joshua (Josh) Coleman, assistant professor of English education, is the recipient of a National Academy of Education (NAEd)/Spencer postdoctoral fellowship to research book-banning practices and LGBTQ+ educational activism in the Midwest.
Kids outside sitting on the ground recording their findings during School of the Wild

Gazette: School of the Wild connects youth and nature with equity

Tuesday, May 30, 2023
Housed in the University of Iowa College of Education, School of the Wild partners with schools across the state to give kids an opportunity to learn about the natural world through immersion.
Picture of UI research facility, with blue sky above.

Eight faculty-led projects funded by Seeding Excellence Initiative

Thursday, May 25, 2023
UI's Office of the Vice President for Research has selected the winners of eight pilot grants--several of which are led by College of Education faculty--intended to sustain the continued growth of the campus research enterprise by providing competitive seed funding in strategic areas.
Allison Rowe

Rowe awarded AHI funding

Friday, May 12, 2023
Allison Rowe, a clinical assistant professor and program coordinator for Art Education, has been awarded AHI funding from the Office of the Vice President for Research.