Faculty & Staff
Programs, events and resources for UNI Faculty and Staff.
In 2018-2019, hundreds of students, faculty, and members of the community attended lectures focused on our relationship with the natural world. This was the first year of the Aldo Leopold Distinguished Lecture Series. The success of the series is thanks in large part to the diverse range of faculty and staff that worked on the committee to bring a variety of lecturers from different fields and backgrounds to the University of Northern Iowa.
Last month, Dr. Ronald Rinehart and two of his students, Tori Wells (Elementary Education) and Tyler Brown (Physics Education), attended a conference at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. At the Space Exploration Educators Conference, they went to lectures and workshops led by in-service teachers and NASA affiliated scientists and designed to teach educators how to bring the ideas of space exploration into the classroom. Taking in everything they learned from NASA, Rinehart and his students will host one of their own. The workshop is free to UNI students.
Creativity is not limited to any one specific field. No matter the career path a student takes, creative ideas and solutions will always be valuable. UNI Panthers of all majors, students and faculty both, have the opportunity to show off their creative thinking by entering the UNIGO Video Competition. Inspired by OK GO’s upcoming performance at the GBPAC, this contest is open to all UNI groups and departments who want to register a team. The suggested size is 3 to 4 people, but there is no limit.
Engineering, physics, spatial reasoning, problem solving, and creativity. It’s amazing what students can learn from seemingly simple activities as early as preschool.
The University of Northern Iowa Conservation Corps is an initiative funded through a grant from the Roy J.
Math, chemistry, physics, and engineering mixed with logic and rational thought are the perfect combination for a rewarding career. This is what Dr.
Science in Action is a project of the University of Northern Iowa’s Center for Energy and Environmental Education (CEEE). This year marks the third year of three for the Science in Action grant awarded from the Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust. The purpose is to connect with the general public about environmental and scientific topics important to Iowan communities.
The University of Northern Iowa has one of the largest Teacher Education programs in the nation. Dr. Benjamin Forsyth, Department Head of Education Psychology and Foundations is conducting eye-movement research to help expert and novice teachers become the best they can be.
US Education Laws and Regulations - Resources and Information
The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) takes effect in the 2017-2018 Academic year. This law makes changes to the national, state, and local roles of accountability, funding, and programs in K-12 education and thus also has implementations for teacher prep and coninuing education. The resources listed below provide background on ESSA and recommendations from national science, mathematics, technology, engineering and education organizations about ESSA implementation.
Comparing ESSA to NCLB
- Comparison of the No Child Left Behind Act to the Every Student Succeeds Act - ASCD
- ASCD ESSA Title II Resources (not specific to STEM)
ESSA & STEM Overview
- April 2016 - Dear Colleague Letter to States and Schools about ESSA and STEM - US ED, Outlines laws funding or requiring STEM related programs.
- US Department of Education ESSA Website and ESSA Policy Website (with state plan information)
- ESSA Overview - National Science Teachers Association
- ESSA Overview - Education First
Resources and Recommendations from National Organizations with Regard to STEM Education
- Resources for commenting on state ESSA plans - NCTA Tool Kit
- Is STEM and Sci Ed a priority in your state's ESSA plan? - NSTA Video & NSTA ESSA talking points, FAQ, and other resources
- Coalition Analysis of Key STEM Provisions in ESSA - STEM Education Coalition
- ASCD webinar on ESSA & Title II (free but requires registration)
Iowa's ESSA Plan