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Education Experts

UNI's No. 1 education program in the state has many experts on a variety of topics including education reform, school consolidation, assessment testing, teacher incentive program and much more.


Experts by Topic

Lyn Countryman

professor, Office of Student Field Experiences


Topics:  effective teaching, global achievement gap, K-12 science teaching, STEM education

lyn countryman

Nadene Davidson

assistant professor, Department of Teaching


Topics: 21st century skills, universal constructs, student teaching/clinical experiences, Iowa Core, education reform, reauthorization of Elementary & Secondary Education Act (formerly No Child Left Behind), student achievement, global achievement, effective teaching

nadene davidson

Michele Devlin

professor and director of the Iowa Center for Health Disparities at UNI


Topics: health literacy, multicultural education, cultural competency

Expertise in training and research about culturally competent healthcare and related topics affecting immigrant, refugee, minority and low-income white populations.

michele devlin

Salli Forbes

associate professor, curriculum & instruction and director, UNI Reading Recovery Center


Topics: literacy, reading recovery program

salli forbes

Tim Gilson

assistant professor, educational leadership & postsecondary education


Topics: school consolidation, educational law

tim gilson

Mary Herring

associate dean and professor, College of Education


Topics: education reform, teacher accountability, student achievement, effective teachers, technology in education


mary herring

Dewitt Jones

associate professor, educational leadership & postsecondary education


Topics: student achievement gap, school law

dewitt jones

Chris Kliewer

professor, special education


Topics: literacy and communication skills in young children with significant developmental disabilities, inclusive education


Nicholas Pace

associate professor, educational leadership & postsecondary education


Topics: principal preparation, minorities in school administration, school experiences of gay and lesbian students

Author of "The Principal's Challenge: Learning from Gay and Lesbian Students," (2009).

nick pace

Victoria Robinson

department head, educational leadership & postsecondary education


Topics: effective teachers, teacher evaluation

vickie robinson

Clare Struck

field experiences, Department of Teaching


Topics: bullying, school counseling in the 21st Century, conflict resolution, character education, democratic learning communities, whole child education

Co-authored "Be a Buddy, Not a Bully!," K-5 bully prevention curriculum linked to the American School Counselor Association Standards

Delivered written and oral testimony for the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) Reauthorization: Meeting the Needs of the Whole Student, for the Senate Committee hearing on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP), Washington, DC, 2010.

clare struck

Jody Stone

field experiences and professor of chemistry and biochemistry


Topics:  effective science teaching, effective teachers, STEM education

jody stone

Dwight Watson

dean, College of Education


Topics: statewide Research & Development School, multicultural education, urban education, service leadership

dwight watson

Betty Zan

interim director & associate professor, Regents' Center for Early Developmental Education


Topics:  math and science education in early childhood programs, statewide voluntary pre-school for four-year-old children, early learning


betty zan