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I-SERVE at the University of Iowa College of Education is Iowa Supports Education and Resources for Veterans and Enlisted.

The University of Iowa College of Education respects and honors those who are serving or have served in our military forces. We believe your experience and commitment to the greater good of our country will contribute to your success in the education field. We are committed to assisting you in the application process, in the successful completion of your coursework, and in internships and job placement.

The College of Education actively recruits veterans as students seeking degrees and certifications in disciplines including teaching, psychology, rehabilitation, leadership, counseling, and assessment.

For more information regarding courses of study, admission requirements, or current faculty and graduate students, please browse our website and feel free to contact our Veteran Resource Specialist, at iserve@uiowa.edu.

Iowa Supports Education and Resources for Veterans and Enlisted Center (I-SERVE) helps veterans and enlisted individuals transition into higher education at the University of Iowa.

The center recruits and retains veterans at the University of Iowa College of Education; provides career development; and helps veterans secure financial, health, and other assistance programs.

Now in its third year of operation, I-SERVE is expanding outreach programming to the local and state community as well as creating a veterans’ resource center and library for university staff, faculty, and students to better understand military culture and experiences. Outcome measures will be collected and reported to the center’s Community Advisory Board annually.

More than 400 veterans sought services from the center during the 2016 calendar year. The University of Iowa – named one of the Best Military Friendly Schools for four years running – had more than 1,720 student veterans/veteran affiliates on campus in fall 2017, up from 700 in fall 2015. There are an additional 350 UI staff and faculty who are veterans.

The University of Iowa College of Education’s Teacher Education program has been named Iowa’s official central states Troops to Teachers (TTT) program. Leadership and instruction skills are among the many innate abilities veterans have that are transferable to the classroom. The program aims to help relieve teacher shortages in high-needs subject areas such as math, science, and special education, as well as help military personnel make successful transitions to second careers in teaching.

As veterans’ resources specialists, Yareli and Laura are available during drop-in hours and by appointment if the times above do not work for you. Please email us at iserve@uiowa.edu. We are happy to help you any way we can.

Monday 10:30a - 12:30p
Wednesday 11:00a - 2:00p
By appointment

Monday 10:30a-1p
Wednesday 9a - 4p
By appointment

The College of Education is committed to providing resources and materials for veterans and non-military service members to better understand military experience and culture. Towards this effort, the I-SERVE (Support, Resources, and Education for Veterans and Enlisted) office is proud to announce the opening of a Veterans’ Resource Center starting in Fall, 2017 located in the I-SERVE office (N122 of the Lindquist Center). Open to all university students, staff, and faculty regardless of prior connection to the US military, this library will be the largest specialized collection of veteran-related resources on the UI campus. The collection will be initiated with an initial offering of approximately 30 books, 10 DVDs, and 5 guidebooks, and will be supplemented as donated materials and resources become available.

Resources housed in this library are likely to include books, DVD’s, journals, guidebooks, and other relevant veterans’ literature. Topics that are expected to be covered in this library will include basic understanding of the US military culture, transitions from service member to civilian, civilian resume writing for veterans, veterans education benefits, veterans mental health, veterans and suicide research, finding direction after combat, veterans seeking employment, understanding differences between military branches, veteran success in college, and so much more. Resources will have more of an applied/self-help focus rather than a military leisure or scholar reading focus. However, as the resource center grows, we will eventually have books covering most all of these focus areas.

This idea has been in the works for many years and is finally becoming a reality. We are excited for university personnel of all backgrounds to make use of this great resource center on one of the most important and growing subpopulations on college campuses today.

Jean Helfer, a licensed social worker from the Cedar Rapids Veterans Center, is holding office hours every Monday during the 2017-2018 academic year. Former and active military service members (regardless of veterans’ status), spouses and dependents are able to attend free mental health counseling and military sexual trauma counseling. Appointments take place in the I-SERVE office, N122 in the College of Education. (The office is located within N110 Lindquist Center)

To set up an appointment, call 319-378-0016.

Current Deadline

Nominations are not open at this time. Please send questions to Megan Foley Nicpon (Award Selection Committee chair) at megain-foley-nicpon@uiowa.edu.


Professor Ernest T. Pascarella is both a highly distinguished scholar and a decorated veteran. He was a platoon leader and rifle company commander with the First Marine Division in Vietnam during 1967-1968, and received three Purple Hearts and the Bronze Star for his service. Professor Pascarella holds the Mary Louise Petersen Endowed Chair in Higher Education and is the founding director and current faculty affiliate of the Center for Research on Undergraduate Education at the University of Iowa.

The Ernie T. Pascarella Military Veteran Promise Award was created to acknowledge veterans who have served in the military and seek to make contributions through a new civilian-life career through their studies in the University of Iowa College of Education.

The Ernest T. Pascarella Military Veteran Promise Award is awarded to a graduate student veteran in the College of Education. It is given to honor a student veteran who demonstrates exceptional career promise. The student’s academic promise/achievement is secondary to the evidence of military service. Special consideration will be given to students who have served in a combat theater in a direct action capacity. 

Students may be nominated by College of Education faculty and staff or they may nominate themselves.

Target Characteristics of Applicants

College of Education graduate students will be eligible for this award with preference given to veterans that have served in direct action units and have been deployed to a combat theater. 

Award Considerations

The third Ernest T. Pascarella Military Veteran Promise Award will be presented in Spring 2019, with formal recognition at theDean’s Annual Scholarship Luncheon. The Award is a prestigious recognition of military service and promise for a significant career in civilian life and includes a $1,000 award. Nominee information should include the following:

  • Minimum of one letter stating the nominee qualities that are consistent with the Award criteria;
  • Nominee’s statement of the his/her career goals and how they are related to military/veteran’s service;
  • Nominee description of the program or career in which s/he is interested and why;
  • Academic performance indicators such as GGPA, UGPA, and GREs; and
  • Information about the nature of the veteran’s military service.

Selection Process

The Award Selection Committee of four individuals shall include two College of Education faculty members and two I-SERVE Advisory Board members. If at all possible, the Awardee is personally introduced to Professor Pascarella so that he may directly become acquainted with the individual.

Past Recipients

  • 2018 - Ashlie Obrecht, P&Q
  • 2017 - Jeremy Williams, EPLS
  • 2016 - Kevin Yeates, P&Q


This scholarship provides funds to assist veterans and military students achieve success in their studies at the College of Education. This need-based scholarship is intended to assist students with educational-related financial needs that go beyond family and personal resources as well as available federal and state aid.


Award amounts vary ($500-$2,000) and can be used for educational-related expenses OUTSIDE of tuition, such as books, child care, enrollment fees, transportation, and moving expenses.


  1. Enrolled in a program in the College of Education
  2. Students must be in good academic standing as documented by a statement from the Department Executive Officer
  3. Students must have financial needs beyond family and personal resources, federal aid, and state aid as documented by their signed statement to that effect.
  4. FileComplete the Larson Military/Veteran Student Scholarship application.

The Needs of Military Families: Understanding Children and Families of Our Military and Veterans

A 5-part focus series sponsored by I-SERVE and the TLC*

These workshops will provide crucial information needed by teachers and other helping professionals to understand and address the changing needs of our military and veteran families in our schools and communities. Learners may attend any combination of the five 1-hour live sessions, although viewing all five sessions is recommended. To facilitate this aim, on-line recordings of the sessions will be available through the TLC and I-SERVE web sites after the session dates.

*Certificates available to those who attend all five workshops.

2018 Workshop Series Videos

Troops to TeachersTroops to Teachers

The University of Iowa College of Education’s Teacher Education program has been named Iowa’s official central states Troops to Teachers program.

We believe that veterans’ leadership skills are among the many abilities they have that are transferable to the classroom.

This program will not only help relieve teacher shortages in high-needs subject areas such as math, science, and special education, but help military personnel make successful transitions to second careers in teaching.