Lyn Countryman

Professor of Teaching & Science Education
Phone: 
319-273-2614
Fax: 
319-273-7298
Office Location: 

LIB 468

Education 
  • B.A. 1980, Iowa State University - Zoology
  • M.S. 1987, University of Iowa - Science Education
  • Ph.D. 1992, University of Iowa - Science Education
Areas of Expertise 
  • What Makes A Difference in Schools
  • Teacher Performance Assessment
  • Characteristics of Effective Instruction
  • Gender Issues in Science Education
  • Using Technology as a Tool for Student Engagement
  • Constructivist Teaching Strategies
  • Student - centered learning/teaching
Research Interests 
  • Technology Tools in the Classroom
  • Social views of the Nature of Science
  • Constructivist Teaching Practices
  • Assessing Teacher Performance
  • Investing Students in Leadership in Schools
Honors & Awards 
  • 2011 Women in Innovation - Finalist 
  • 2010 PBS Teacher Innovator
  • 2008 BEN Scholar
  • 2007 Science Ambassador for Center for Disease Control
  • 2005 Who's Who of American Teachers 
  • 2002 Distinguished Service Award - Iowa Science Teachers Section - Iowa Academy of Science 
  • 1999 Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching
  • 1999 Ross A. Nielsen Professional Service Award - UNI
  • 1999 Fellow of the Iowa Academy of Science
  • 1999 Tandy Mathematics and Science Teaching Award
  • 1996 Outstanding Middle Level Educator
  • 1995 Excellence in Science Teaching Award Research Representatives from American Cyanamid, AgrEvo DuPont, DowElanco, Miles, Sandoz, Uniroyal, Valent and Zeneca
  • 1994 Grout Museum Honor Roll Science Teacher of the Year
  • 1993 Excellence in Science Teaching at the Junior High Level, Iowa Academy of Science
Professional Affiliations 

ISTS - Iowa Academy of Science
National Biology Teachers
National Science Teachers
United Faculty

Grants 

$500,000 , Year-Long Student Teaching Pilot Grant, (in conjunction with Dr. J.D. Cryer, Chad Christopher and Becky Hawbaker) Iowa Department of Education, January 2014 – July 2015.
$600,000 to support the Technology One-to-One Initiative and the High Tech Classroom at Malcolm Price Lab School transitioning to Iowa’s Research and Development School (collaboration with Dr. Nadene Davidson, private donor, April, 2011.

Selected Publications 
  •   Countryman, L and J. Maroo, (2015), Special Speciation, The Biology Teacher, 77:2, pp. 145-147.

       Countryman, L. and M. Schroeder, (1996) Student-led Parent Conferences:  Middle School Reforms That Work,   Educational Leadership, 53: 7.

     

       Countryman, L.  Overview,  Thought and Action,  Fall, 1996.

     

       Countryman, L.  (1994)  Make Science Relevant, Recent, and Responsive,Science Scope, 17: 8.

     

       Countryman, L. (1994) Students Leading Their Own ConferenceMiddle Level Educator, 13: 1.

     

       Unruh, R., Countryman, L. and T. Cooney. (1992)  Cycling Your Students Through  Physics.  The Science Teacher,  59: 5.

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