Robert Yager with portrait of Phyllis Yager
Phyllis Yager received a Master of Arts in 1953 and a doctorate in 1983 from the UI. She is the late wife of Science Education Professor Emeritus Robert E. Yager, who also received a Master of Arts in 1953 and a doctorate in 1957 from Iowa. Phyllis Yager devoted her career to advocating multicultural opportunities and gender-affirming activities through her work as a teacher in the Iowa City School District and later as a consultant to the Grant Wood Area Education Agency.

Named in memory of Phyllis Yager, the Phyllis Yager Diversity in Teaching Award recognizes educators who go above and beyond the required curriculum to increase diversity awareness.

Recipients receive a monetary award to further diversity initiatives or professional development,and are asked to make a presentation to the College of Education community during the College of Education Diversity Committee’s annual Diversity in Education Conference

Educators applying for the Phyllis Yager Diversity Teaching Award should have an innovative and unique perspective to promoting and building respect for diversity in the classroom. Candidates need to demonstrate they have gone above and beyond the required curriculum concerning the teaching or implementing of diversity.