Friday, September 27, 2019

The University of Iowa College of Education’s academic opportunities span the globe with dynamic research collaborations, study abroad opportunities, and innovative partnerships. Students from 20 countries also come to our college every year, drawn by the world-class education, renowned faculty, research rigor, and educational expertise in our college. Our alumni live in more than 80 countries around the world.

Thanks to generous donor support, our college is committed to increasing global and cultural education initiatives for all of our students and faculty, consistent with the college’s and university’s strategic plans and priorities.

These initiatives strengthen existing partnerships and create new opportunities, several of which are featured in this spread.

A College of Education task force is seeking input and ideas from faculty across the entire college on how to best expand the college’s global and cultural education opportunities for both undergraduate and graduate students and faculty from all areas, whether here on campus or in a different country.

This story illustrates some of our global education initiatives.


The College of Education has a Memorandum of Understanding with the University of Southwestern Bahia in collaboration with Professor David Bills, DEO of the Department of Educational Policy and Leadership Studies


Professor David Bills has a partnership with the Catolica Del Maule Universidad in Chile.


Associate professor David Johnson serves as a Visiting Professor of Applied Linguistics at Shanghai International Studies University

Costa Rica

Six students visited San Jose, Costa Rica with clinical associate professor Ted Neal and clinical instructor Will Coghill-Behrends to teach in local schools


The University of Iowa College of Education signed a Memorandum of Understanding Feb. 26th, 2019, between the University of Iowa and an Ecuadorian P12 school - Fundación Libertad, Igualdad y Fraternidad (FUNLIF) - Colegio Ecuatoriano Español América Latina (CEEAL) – to pave the way for more reciprocal exchange opportunities for teachers, faculty, and students.



Students and professor smile in front of archway in Greece
Thirteen University of Iowa students spent a week traveling through Greece as part of a study abroad class, titled “Greece: Origins of Humanistic Counseling” led by faculty members Gerta Bardhoshi and Armeda Wojciak.

Global Forum

The College of Education was selected to host the 2019 Provost Global Forum. The forum, held on April 11, 2019, was called “Why School? International perspectives on Education and Social Transformation” and focused on examining education in a global context, both as a reflection of social norms and as a powerful force for change.



woman smiles with children and cat in India
Aditya Birla World Academy, an international school in Mumbai, Maharashtra State, India, is collaborating with clinical professor Laurie Croft with the Belin-Blank Center on a comprehensive online program that allows teachers in India to earn a Professional Diploma in Talent Development and Gifted Education. (Memorandum of Understanding 4/25/18 through 4/24/2020)

India Winterim Nine students, seven of whom were from the College of Education – participated in the “Observational Learning in Educational Settings in India” course, led by Professor Mitch Kelly, as part of the India Winterim program. This is an intensive, three-week, field-based program held in January of 2019 that provided students from across campus with the opportunity to learn within India’s diverse cultural, socioeconomic, and geographical mosaic.

Laurie Croft and the Belin Blank Center have a memorandum of understanding with the Tribal Mensa Nurturing Program.

International Day 2018

More than 300 students from 12 different schools took part in the annual International Day conference, which is designed to educate middle school students on topics related to local and global human rights issues. Students saw Sadako, a contemporary ballet about the atom bomb fallout in Hiroshima, learned about unconscious bias, and discovered ways to help improve the environment.


Associate Professor Mary Cohen is serving as an External Examiner for the University of Limerick’s Irish World Academy of Music and Dance community graduate program.Through this process she's provided support for students, faculty, the program, and networked with Irish musicians in the Limerick, Ireland area.


In the Spring of 2019, 13 students from Joetsu University College of Education in Joetsu, Japan, attended a week of professional development activities in the College (REACH, social emotional learning and educational technologies) and Iowa City Schools.

This is part of a long-standing Memorandum of Understanding between Joetsu University and the UI College of Education as well as a short-term student exchange agreement. Every three years, a group of Japanese students from Joetsu University of Education will spend several days visiting local attractions and offering an exchange of cultures at local elementary, middle and high schools in Iowa City and the surrounding community. The group also takes part in several events on the University of Iowa campus. This educational experience provides a short immersion into international education, and engages American students in Japanese language and culture through presentations and classroom observations by the teachers-in-training.


The College of Education also collaborates with the University of Prishtina “Hasan Prishtina” in Kosovo as part of a Memorandum of Understanding signed in 2017, which has resulted in collaborations with education faculty Greg HamotJodi Linley,  and Cassie Barnhardt assisting the Kosovo Ministry of Education with both pre- and in-service teacher training on their newly developed curriculum framework.


Educational leadership professor Liz Hollingworth has a Memorandum of Understanding with the Yucatan Facultad de Educacion, Universidad Autonoma de Yucatan.


students in Nepal with Hawkeye Teacher banner

Sixteen students traveled to the upper Himalayan Mountains to visit remote villages and local schools with clinical art education professor Clar Baldus and clinical science education associate professor Ted Neal. Students visited four different schools, teaching lessons to local children that they personally developed in science, art, and reading.


The UI College of Education has a partnership with UiO: University of Oslo that involves faculty and staff collaborations around technology, teaching, and the creation of a video.

Lia Plakans also has a partnership with the Oslo Metropolitan University in Norway.


John Achrazoglou, clinical associate professor and chief technology officer, was selected by the U.S. Department of State for a three-week English language specialist project in Pakistan, training teachers on the latest instructional technologies to help improve their teaching in summer 2019.


Professor David Bills has a partnership with the National Research University Higher School of Economics in Russia.


Noel Estrada-Hernandez, associate professor and DEO of the Department of Rehabilitation and Counselor Education, traveled to Geneva, Switzerland, in fall 2018 to present his research on the psychological aspects of albinism to the United Nations,organized by the Office of the High Commissioner in Human Rights (OHCHR).

Student Teaching Abroad


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During the 2018-19 school year 10 students completed their student teaching requirement abroad. Students spent at least eight weeks teaching at local schools in Australia, England, Italy, New Zealand, and Spain.

Fullbright Scholars

Cassie Barnhardt, associate professor in Educational Policy and Leadership Studies, was selected as a Fulbright Scholar to the Republic of Kosovo for the spring 2019 semester. Barnhardt worked with the Ministry of Education, Science, and Technology in its higher education section to assist Kosovo in developing its higher education system to support democratic learning outcomes and student achievement.

Leslie Locke, assistant professor in Education Policy and Leadership studies, was selected as a Fulbright Scholar to Mexico for the 2019-20 academic year. While in Mexico, Locke will co-teach a collaborative course and work on a research project that centers on the perspective of public-school leaders serving students and families with the most need.

Lydia Sinclair, who received her secondary Spanish teaching license and ESL endorsement in May 2019, was awarded a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship Award to Galicia, Spain, for 2019-2020.


Read more from the 2018-2019 Annual Report.