Faculty & Staff
Programs, events and resources for UNI Faculty and Staff.
Because of Covid-19, professors all over are moving their classes online, and the University of Northern Iowa is no exception. This is quite the transition for both students and faculty, especially when it comes to classes with laboratories and other hands-on parts that are easier to complete in person. Even so, people are finding ways to make it work.
Hello UNI Community,
We have created two backgrounds that can be used with zoom. Background #1 is Panther Strong, a deep purple background with the UNI Logo and Panther Strong message across the top of the screen. Background #2 is a subtle pale purple repeat of the UNI STEM Logo.
Here are sample screenshots:
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.
It is becoming more and more helpful to take an interdisciplinary course of study in today’s changing world. The Physics Department has a solution! There is some exciting news for students looking to pursue a B.A. in Physics at UNI! And it involves two new possibilities when it comes to their degree’s emphasis.
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.
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.
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.
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