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Gillig Receives Prestigious Hancher-Finkbine Medallion

Friday, May 23, 2014
The University of Iowa selected Benjamin Gillig, a doctoral student in the College of Education’s Higher Education and Student Affairs program, recipient of its highest honor for students. Gillig, from San Francisco, won the Hancher-Finkbine award for his campus leadership, learning, and loyalty.

2014 Audrey Qualls Commitment to Diversity Award to Barnhardt and Liu

Tuesday, May 20, 2014
Cassie Barnhardt, an assistant professor of Higher Education and Student Affairs, and William Liu, a Counseling Psychology professor, received the 2014 Audrey Qualls Commitment to Diversity Award. The student-nominated award given annually to a College of Education faculty or staff member recognizes activism in issues of diversity.

Young artists, aspiring art teachers enjoy community outreach project

Saturday, April 26, 2014
The University of Iowa College of Education's Art Education faculty and students have teaching and inspiring young artists through Saturday Art Workshops for more than three decades.

Watt recognized for contributions to higher education

Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Sherry Watt has been recognized by a prominent national organization for her "outstanding and sustained contributions to higher education and to student affairs."

Pursuing a Scholarly Life

Monday, October 7, 2013
Twenty-five diverse future doctoral students from around the nation spent the summer in Iowa City learning how to pursue their academic dreams. The students, each from an underrepresented group in graduate education, are participants in the Committee on Institutional Cooperation’s Summer Research Opportunities Program (SROP). The program pairs aspiring graduate students who are currently enrolled...

Ben Gillig: UI student leaders travel state to meet with legislators

Thursday, August 15, 2013
Ben Gillig (HESA PhD) and other University of Iowa student leaders met last week with 11 Iowa state legislators in their home districts and at the State Capitol to discuss affordability and job opportunities for Iowa students.

Bills returns to Fulbright site to continue collaboration

Tuesday, August 6, 2013
David Bills, associate dean of academic affairs and graduate programs in the University of Iowa College of Education, was a Fulbright scholar in Berlin in 2003. Ten years later, the institution he researched with then invited him back to continue his work.

Academic Adventure - Dr. David Bills, SCS Professor

Tuesday, May 7, 2013
A few of my main academic adventures over the last year include: serving as editor of the journal Sociology of Education, attending several conferences, and working (slowly) on a forthcoming book.

Academic Adventure - DeeAnn Grove, Ph.D. Candidate

Tuesday, May 7, 2013
I am integrating the fields of history and political science to determine how political elites have attempted to frame or “sell” the issue of education to voters, what factors influence whether education “makes the agenda” during a particular presidential election campaign, the influence of campaign discourse on federal educational policy reform, and the role public opinion plays in these interactions.

Academic Adventure - Gleidson Gouviea, Ph.D. Student

Wednesday, April 24, 2013
The paper Gleidson Gouviea (Ph.D. student) presented, “Teaching Metaphysical and Epistemological Problems of Perception to Grade School Children” is an attempt to answer questions such as whether children should be exposed to the metaphysical/epistemological problems of perception, and if so, when and why these problems should be taught to school children

If you can be a rock star in education, he is: Ernie Pascarella

Tuesday, April 23, 2013
A Princeton, Penn, and Syracuse graduate, Pascarella has been breaking new ground in education for decades. He’s authored more than 130 journal articles and coauthored the 1991 book, How College Affects Students, which received the Research Achievement Award from the Association for the Study of Higher Education.