Donna Schumacher Douglas, Ph.D.

Associate Professor - Elementary and Middle Level Education
319.427.4736 Preferred Contact
Mailing Address: 

618-0606 Schindler Education Center
2221 W. 23rd Street
Cedar Falls, IA 50614-0606


1992 PhD Florida State University--Educational Leadership
Dissertation Director: Dr. Judith Irvin
Topic: Five Middle Level Teams and Cross-Curricular Connections

1981 MAE University of Central Florida-Elementary Education
Thesis Director: Dr. Rosie Joels
Topic: Silent Sustained Reading and Hands-On Science Activities

1979 BA University of Central Florida--Elementary Education
Academic Honor: Magna Cum Laude

Areas of Expertise 

Middle Level Educational Programs and Practices
*Interdisciplinary Team Organization
*Elective and Exploratory Courses
*Intramural Academic and Athletic Activities
*Advisory/Small Group Guidance Programs

Instructional Strategies

Assessment Strategies

Data Driven Decision-Making

Curricular Connections (intra- and inter- disciplinary connections)

InTASC (2011-present) and INTASC (pre-2011) Standards and Teacher Competencies

Common Core Curriculum Grades K-8--National and Iowa

English Language Structures for K-8 Educators (e.g., grammar, punctuation, and sentence structure)

Research Interests 

Middle Level Schools and Interdisciplinary Common Planning Time

Plagiarism: Prevention, Intervention, and Consequences

Personal Characteristics and the Factors Influencing the Career Choice of Teacher Education Majors in Early Childhood, Middle Level, and Elementary Education

Implementing the Tenets of *This We Believe* published by the National Middle School Association (2011)

Courses Taught 

Elementary Classroom Management
Middle Level Classroom Management
Developmental Needs of Young Adolescents
Instructional and Assessment Strategies for Middle Level Teachers
Middle Level (Grades 5-8) Curriculum
Elementary (Grades K-8) Curriculum
Content Area Literacy in Middle and Secondary Levels
Grammar for Middle Level Education Educators/ K-8 Educators
Studies in Middle Level Curriculum
Issues and Trends in Elementary Education
Curriculum Construction
Recent Developments in Middle Level Curriculum
Research: Writing Requirements for the Thesis and Non-Thesis Options for a Master of Arts in Education-Middle Level Education
Curriculum Theory and Development

Honors & Awards 

Fellowship, Florida State University (1989-1990)

Scholar, Center for the Study of the Young Adolescent, UNI (1994)

International Student Film Association's Student Video Production Award (2006)

Professional Affiliations 

AMLE (formerly NMSA)--Association for Middle Level Education

AERA--American Educational Research Association

ASCD--Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development

SAMLE--UNI Student Association of Middle Level Educators-Co-Advisor


Schneider, J. S., & Douglas, D. S. (2013). Enhancing Diversity Grant at UNI: SAMLE-UNI Middle Level Leadership Conference for 7th & 8th Grade Students. Grant of $1500.

Schneider, J. S, & Douglas, D. S. (2012). Provost's Intercollegiate Academic Fund: Monies for 12 UNI-SAMLE members to attend and present a concurrent session for university-level middle grades teacher education attendees at national conference in Portland, OR. (Grant Amount: Approximately $6000)

Galloway, R., Douglas, D. S. & Schneider, J. S. (2008). Clickers project proposal: Turning Points Student Response System Classroom Set for IRTS Laboratory. Grant of $1813. Submitted October 17, 2008. Proposal granted, November 2008.

Schneider, J. S. & Douglas, D. S. (2008). College of Education Mini-Grant for Research: NMSA Common Planning Time National Project. Submitted May 2008. Grant of $297.38. ($100 to be granted from Department of Curriculum and Instruction).

Schneider, J. S. & Douglas, D. S. (2002-2005, 2010) Intercollegiate Academics Fund: Conference of the National Middle School Association. Registration fees for students attending conference.

Selected Publications 

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

Arowosafe [Schumacher], D. & Irvin, J. L. (1992). Transition to a middle level school: What kids say. Middle School Journal, 24(2), 15-20. EJ 454 360.

Schumacher, D. (1998). The transition to middle school (Report No. EDOPS-98-6). Washington, DC: Clearinghouse on Elementary and Early Childhood Education. (ERIC Document Reproduction Service No. ED 422 119)

Schumacher-Douglas, D., Ramos, D.J., & Randrianilana, A. (2005). Combination Crisis: Opening a Combination Lock. Cedar Falls, IA: University of Northern Iowa. Producer: Donna Schumacher-Douglas. Reviewer: Dr. Joseph Marchesani.
HONOR: Received ISFA 2006 Student Video Production Award.

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