Let us help you with:

  • Conceptualization, coordination, and revision of submission of NSF grant for improving undergraduate STEM education (disciplines: Rehabilitation and Counselor Education, Science Education STEM, and Counseling Psychology)

  • Survey validation of study analyzing professor use of technology in the classroom (disciplines: Educational Measurement)

  • Grant consultation and assessment of submission of OVPR grant for improving the discussion of diversity issues in college classrooms (disciplines: Educational Policy and Leadership Studies and Public Health)

Projects Funded

Jacob Priest and Rachel Williams

The purpose of this grant proposal is to evaluate an educational intervention and counseling program devised and facilitated for women incarcerated at the Iowa Correctional Institution for Women. The program is being developed by faculty and students in Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies program and the Couple and Family Therapy program. The program is centered on two goals: 1) helping women build and recognize healthy relationships with family, friends, and intimate partners; 2) Helping women devise strategies to cope with anxiety and depression once they are released. This program is innovative and could be replicable at other women’s institutions across the country. The data the investigators will collect related to this project is a mixture of qualitative and quantitative information taken from fieldwork with participants, and the database compiled by the Iowa Department of Corrections. The result will be a program manual and a series of publications about the research.

Carolyn Colvin and Lia Plakan

The purpose of this grant is to investigate the health and education needs of immigrant families living in southeastern Iowa with a particular focus on the immigrant adults/parents in two rural communities where longstanding campus-community partnerships exist. Substantial research exists documents the educational and health needs of immigrant children; however there is little research that explores the roles of immigrant adults in advocating for and making use of available education and health resources for themselves and their families. We will develop, implement, and evaluate a pilot community-based participatory research project using qualitative methods including focus group interviews and ethnographic approaches including mapping activities, analyzing community artifacts, and maintaining researcher field notes. Community partners will be involved in research design, data-gathering, and data analysis. Our goal is to gather baseline data to better understand the health and education needs of members of immigrant communities in southeastern Iowa. With these results, we intend to explore external funding sources for a multi-year study.

Shelia Barron

Educational technology options are rapidly expanding, and the use of these technologies has implications for student learning. The University of Iowa central administration has a demonstrated willingness to support technological tools that have the potential to improve student outcomes. However, universities are diverse places, and individual departments and faculty members have a great deal of freedom to adopt (or not adopt) new pedagogical tools including those that involve educational technology. Thus, understanding the pedagogical uses of specific technologies is crucial for developing strategies to meet faculty where they are and helping them optimize the learning environments they create for students. The current study is a small well-defined survey of educational technology use, including faculty reports concerning how specific technologies are used and why they are used. The purpose of this study is to provide data that can be used to develop a strategic plan to assist faculty who teach students early in their postsecondary education. We plan to use these data to inform an external grant proposal aimed at leveraging educational technology to improve student learning and academic engagement.