Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Two new faculty members with a wealth of knowledge and experience in the field of educational leadership are joining the University of Iowa College of Education.

Mark Hopkins

Mark Hopkins (clinical assistant professor) and Stephen Murley (clinical instructor) will begin their new roles July 1, 2022. 

Hopkins, a graduate from UI’s Educational Policy and Leadership Studies doctoral program, returns to his alma matter after serving as K-12 Superintendent of the Treynor Community School District in Treynor, Iowa.

Following a 10-year stint as Superintendent of Schools for the Iowa City Community School District, Murley joins the college after most recently serving as Superintendent of Schools for the Green Bay Area Public Schools District. He is currently a doctoral candidate in the Educational Leadership program at Manhattanville College in Purchase, New York. 

“The Educational Leadership faculty at the University of Iowa is thrilled that Mark Hopkins and Stephen Murley are joining our faculty for the 2022-23 school year,” says Steven Triplett, clinical supervisor, program coordinator. “The expertise and experience that they will bring to our program will only strengthen our efforts to have a great leader in every Iowa school.”

Education Leadership faculty member Stephen Murley

Both new faculty members were selected based on their extensive experience working across Iowa in schools and districts, their solid understanding of the needs of educational leaders, their equity orientations, and their teaching experience in higher education.

“We are very excited about the wealth of experience these two will bring to the Educational Leadership program,” says Liz Hollingworth, educational leadership professor and interim departmental executive officer of Educational Policy and Leadership Studies. “Mark will be able to speak directly to the challenges of leading rural school districts in Iowa, while Steve will be able to talk about the unique challenges that come with leading a large, urban district like Green Bay.”