Lynn E. Nielsen, Ph.D.

Professor of Education and Elementary Education Coordinator

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has -- Margaret Mead



(319) 273-7759
Office Location: 

SEC 610

Mailing Address: 

618 Schindler Education Center
Cedar Falls, IA 50614-0606


Ph.D. University of Iowa --Curriculum and Instruction
M.A. University of Northern Iowa--Elementary Administration
B.A. University of Iowa --Elementary Education

Research Interests 

Elementary School Social Studies
Curriculum Theory
State and Local History
Historical Thinking
Males in Elementary Education
Online Education

Courses Taught 

210:143g APPLICATIONS AND CONTENT IN ELEMENTARY SOCIAL STUDIES--Applying knowledge of current trends, resources, and content as a means of developing, enriching and expanding the social studies curriculum.

210:164 TEACHING ELEMENTARY SCHOOL SOCIAL STUDIES--Basic methods and materials for teaching the knowledge, skills, attitudes and values in history, geography, economics, civics and behavioral sciences.

210: 243 ANALYSIS AND IMPROVEMENT OF THE SOCIAL STUDIES CURRICULUM IN THE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL--Assists teachers in exploring historical and current practices in social studies in order to create new instructional approaches by using available resources and ideas.

210:289 SEMINAR IN EDUCATION: ELEMENTARY EDUCATION--Assists teachers in exploring best practices in classroom teaching. It will also assist participants in selecting and developing a topic for the paper/project as required for the M.A. in elementary education.

210:352 CURRICULUM THEORY AND DEVELOPMENT--Aids the advanced graduate student in viewing, analyzing and interpreting the curriculum and instruction program of an educational institution and in developing skills for implementing change.

210-389 SEMINAR IN CURRICULUM AND INSTRUCTION--Aids the advanced graduate student in reading, analyzing and interpreting scholarly writing and in developing skills for writing for publication.

Honors & Awards 

2007--UNI Outstanding Graduate Teaching Award

2008--Iowa Council for the Social Studies--John Haefner Award: The essence of this award is recognition by the recipient’s peers for outstanding teaching, continuous learning and/or service to the social studies education profession.

Professional Affiliations 

National Council for the Social Studies
Iowa Council for the Social Studies
State Historical Society of Iowa
National Trust for Historic Preservation
Cedar Falls Historical Society