The University of Iowa

Welcome from the Dean

Dear Colleagues and Friends, 

Our 2016 Alumni Magazine showcases some of the energy and events happening throughout our college thanks to our remarkable students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends. 

Diversity and creating inclusive learning environments are at the forefront of conversations across the country, and the college has a long-standing commitment to providing classes, workshops, and discussions that focus on these issues. Discover what the college and our alumni are proactively doing to prepare our students to thrive in increasingly diverse classrooms and to help their students reach their full potential. Also learn how the UI REACH program is empowering students with cognitive and intellectual disabilities to live full and productive lives. 

We are working hard to keep education accessible for all students, including our veterans. We have initiated a new scholarship named in honor of Professor Ernie Pascarella — a decorated veteran and distinguished scholar in education — which awards College of Education students who have served in the U.S. armed forces. 

The college has also seen some exceptional developments over the past year. A $10-million gift to the Belin-Blank Center will establish an early-entrance program like no other in the nation. In February, we unveiled a new space, N110 Lindquist Center, designed to facilitate extensive collaborations among faculty, staff, students, and programs utilizing cutting-edge technology. Part of this new space is named in honor of our alumna, friend, and advocate Linda Baker, an avid supporter of our teacher preparation programs. In this new space, we also recently brought together dedicated community leaders for our inaugural College of Education Advisory Board meeting. 

Each year brings the rhythm of new faculty arriving and retiring. While we say farewell to many who have made this college strong, we continue to hire talented new faculty and staff

On Feb. 8, Daniel Clay was named the new Dean of the College of Education. He brings excellent credentials, vision, and energy, and the college has an incredible future with him as dean. 

Jill Fishbaugh, our director for strategic communications, has decided to pursue new professional opportunities. We wish her the best in her endeavors, and I thank her for her years of service. Lois Gray has been hired as the Interim Director of Strategic Communications. Lois brings great experience, expertise, and a wholehearted commitment to our college. Welcome. 

This is my final message as Dean as I will retire on July 1. It has been a tremendously rewarding opportunity to serve so many talented and caring faculty, staff, students, alumni, and donors. I am not just saying goodbye to a college but to a family. 

I give my wholehearted thanks for the privilege of serving you as dean, and I wish the very best for this college that I love. 

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Nicholas Colangelo, Ph.D. 

About our magazine

The University of Iowa College of Education publishes its alumni magazine each year for alumni and friends.

Send address changes and items of interest for publication to:

Lois Gray
N452 Lindquist Center
College of Education
University of Iowa
Iowa City, IA 52242-1529

College of Education

Dean: Nicholas Colangelo

Executive Associate Dean: Christopher Morphew

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Graduate Programs: David Bills

Associate Dean for Teacher Education and Student Services: Nancy Langguth

Strategic Communications

Former Strategic Communications Director: Jill Fishbaugh

Interim Strategic Communications Director: Lois Gray

Writer / Social Media: Kate Conlow

Photography / Design / Video: Mei-Ling Shaw Williams

Writer / Intern: Ellie Minor


Web Coordinator: Dawn Hanna

Web Editor: Jean Finley