Faculty & Staff

Programs, events and resources for UNI Faculty and Staff.

Leland Wilson Lecture Series

Almost 50 years ago, Dr. Leland Wilson, a professor of chemistry, was selected as the first head of the University of Northern Iowa’s newly established Department of Chemistry. While he was head of the department, the American Chemical Society accredited the undergraduate chemistry curriculum at UNI. During his 24 years of teaching at UNI, Wilson continually looked for opportunities to help students succeed and share his love of chemistry with them.

Today's Dreams, Tomorrow's Reality

Derek Bradley, a senior biology major with a minor in chemistry, has his mind set on the future. With many of college students still trying to figure out what classes they will be taking next semester, Bradley is thinking far ahead of his peers, having already been accepted to medical school for the fall 2016 semester at Des Moines University. He is waiting on decisions from the University of Iowa, Creighton University and Mayo Medical School before making his final decision as to where to further his education next fall.

Dr. Sebree: From NASA to UNI

17 years ago, Dr. Joshua Sebree watched in awe as his 8th grade science teacher conducted an experiment. As the teacher filled a glass beaker with water and held a piece of sodium over the opening, he said, “This is too much, probably,” and dropped the piece of sodium into the beaker. He took a step back, the sodium and water created an exothermic reaction too big for the small beaker to handle and the entire beaker exploded. 17 years later, Dr.


As an elementary student, Samuel Kapler, now a senior math education major, was big into math and could often times be found teaching his younger cousins how to do math problems. However, as he grew up and his world expanded, a career in math education wasn’t something that was on his mind.

Calling all Cedar Valley 8th-12th graders, Are you Divergent?

Energy Factions – Are you divergent? camp is June 29th- July 3rd from 9:00 am – 3:30 pm daily for students entering 8th through 12th grades. Discover how conventional and alternative energies impact our daily lives. This course will build your knowledge and skills with respect to addressing some of our societies’ ‘Wicked Problems’. Participate in role-playing games to determine the role energy will play in the US Economy in 2040. Field trips will investigate local limestone quarries, the UNI Tallgrass Prairie Center, and a Hydroelectric Dam (near Maquoketa).

Early Life Experiences Inspire Career Choices

Personal experience introduced Jess Reuter to Speech Pathology at a young age.  While Jess was in second grade, a friend suffered several medical events, which resulted in a coma.  “Once out of the coma, she could not walk, talk, or even eat; she had to learn how to do all those basic tasks again. The strange medical events happened again when we were in 7th grade, but this time I had a better understanding of what was going on.”

PIEER Sustainability

       There is a new initiative at UNI. The Provost and Executive Vice President’s Office at the University of Northern Iowa is pleased to announce a new collaborative initiative entitled, the Provost’s Initiative for Environmental Equity and Resilience, PIEER.


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

ESSA & STEM Overview

Resources and Recommendations from National Organizations with Regard to STEM Education

Iowa's ESSA Plan

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The University of Northern Iowa is a Core Institution of the Iowa Space Grant Consortium.  ISGC supports NASA's mission by stimulating research, education, and outreach throughout Iowa.  UNI students, faculty and staff - learn about ISGC funding opportunities.