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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Samatha Pedek smiles outside of the Lindquist Center

Pedek overcomes adversity, finds ‘true calling’ of teaching at Iowa

Thursday, May 11, 2023
Samantha Pedek knew she wanted to be a teacher ever since third grade. However, the 2023 graduate with a Master of Arts in Teaching in Science Education experienced a winding path and challenges along the way.

College of Education faculty recognized for research excellence

Wednesday, May 10, 2023
Two College of Education faculty members – Seth King and Sherry Watt and the Multicultural Initiatives Research Team – were recently recognized for their exceptional research.

College of Education faculty honored for exemplary teaching, mentorship

Wednesday, May 10, 2023
Two University of Iowa College of Education faculty members – Erin Barnes and Jodi Linley – were recently recognized with collegiate awards for their excellence in teaching and mentoring students.
Man and children play with blocks

John Deere Foundation, Iowa join forces to boost school mental health

Tuesday, May 9, 2023
The John Deere Foundation supports teachers and students with a gift to the University of Iowa’s nationally leading Scanlan Center for School Mental Health, a partnership between the Iowa Board of Regents, Iowa Department of Education, and the University of Iowa’s College of Education.

Advocating for language maintenance through multilingual education

Monday, May 8, 2023
Third-year Literacy, Culture, and Language Education doctoral student Melanie Carbine, who is also a middle school math teacher in Maryland, recognizes the need for teachers to be versed in multilingual education practices. 
Old Capitol Building

College of Education faculty awarded $5.3 million national mental health grant

Monday, May 1, 2023
Faculty from the University of Iowa College of Education School Counseling and School Psychology programs were awarded a $5.388 million grant to address shortages in the number of school-based mental health services professionals (MHSPs) available in high-need schools. Faculty from the UI College of Public Health and School of Social Work will also collaborate on the grant.
hands playing piano

In the News: Cohen discusses music making in prisons with IPR

Friday, April 28, 2023
Associate Professor Mary Cohen discusses how music programs can support personal and social growth for people experiencing incarceration.
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.