Jean Suchsland Schneider, Ed.D.

Associate Professor and Coordinator of UNI Middle Level Education Programs
(319) 273-3274
(319) 273-5886
Office Location: 

NFH 165


Ed.D. Educational Leadership
University of Northern Iowa 2002

M.A. Education of the Gifted
University of Northern Iowa 1996

B.A. Elementary Education
Wartburg College: 1972

Areas of Expertise 

Middle Level Education
Education of the Gifted
Critical Thinking
6+1 Traits of Writing
Advancing Reading Skills in Advanced Readers

Research Interests 

Critical Thinking
Common Planning Time
Program Evaluation
Characteristics of Teacher Candidates

Courses Taught 

ELEMECML 4152/5152 Middle Level Curriculum
ELEMECML 4135/5135 Middle Level Instruction, Differentiation, & Assessment
ELEMECML 6255 Educational Strategies for Gifted and Talented
ELEMECML 6297 Practicum for Education of the Gifted
ELEMECML 6201 Issues and Trends in Education

Honors & Awards 

Quality Matters Award
Intercollegiate Academics Funding
Tenure and Promotion
R. Paul Brimm Dissertation Award
Iowa Talented and Gifted Research Award

Professional Affiliations 

Association of Middle Level Educators (formerly NMSA)
National Association for Gifted Children
American Educational Research Association


Cedar Valley Community Foundation Grant: Vision for Education (3x)

Selected Publications 

Schneider, J. S. & Douglas D. S. (2010). E Pluribus Unum: Out of many, one. Middle School Journal, 41(3), 13-22.

Schneider, J. S. (2008, May). Uniting excellence and equity: The NMSA/NAGC Joint Position Statement. Middle School Journal, 9(5), 32-39.

Schneider, J. S. (2007, December). Nurturing daughters’ voices and choices. Parenting for High Potential, 12-15, 30.

Schneider, J. S. (2006). Effects of a legislated mandate: The comprehensive school improvement process and middle level gifted and talented programming. Roeper Review 28(4), 224-231.

Schneider, J. S. (2006). Visual-spatial learners: What they see is what they learn. In Griffin, R. E.,Cowden, B. D., & Avgerinou, M. (Eds.), Imagery and Artistry: Animating the Mind’s Eye: Selected Readings of the International Visual Literacy