We strive to build public understanding of and support for the College of Education’s mission, enhancing communications and fostering relationships with constituencies.

Our office supports the college’s strategic plan by using communications to build awareness and appreciation for the college’s people and programs.

We provide leadership, counsel, and produce content that advances the priorities of the college, connects with people emotionally and intellectually, and inspires them to engage with us.

Areas of expertise include brand management, content development for both print and online communications, social media strategy, photograph and video creation, development of print materials, media relations, marketing, and event planning for alumni and friends.

We prioritize the following areas: student success, faculty research and discovery; and outreach and engagement.

Our team works closely with the following areas of campus: the UI Center for Advancement; the UI Office of Strategic Communication, the UI Office of Government Relations, and the UI Office of Outreach and Engagement.

Our main audiences include:

  • alumni, friends, and donors
  • prospective students and families
  • current students
  • faculty and staff
  • policymakers and taxpayers

Reporters looking for expert sources or information related to the field of education should contact:

Lois J. Gray
Director of Strategic Communications
University of Iowa College of Education
N452 Lindquist Center
Iowa City, Iowa 52242
319-335-5347 (office)
319-430-3740 (cell)

List of College of Education faculty experts by topic.

Alumni Magazine

Our Alumni Magazine is published for alumni and friends of the College by The University of Iowa College of Education.

Annual Report

Older Annual Reports can be requested.

Meet the Staff

Lois Gray
Director, Office of Strategic Communications
Sara Nelson
Social Media Coordinator/Education Writer
Mei-Ling Shaw-Williams
Art Director / Creative Media Specialist


Lois Gray

Working title: 
Director, Office of Strategic Communications
Office number: 
N452 Lindquist Center
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