CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Alan Heisterkamp has been named interim director of the Center for Educational Transformation at the University of Northern Iowa. Heisterkamp currently serves as director of the Mentors in Violence Prevention Institute at UNI and will continue in that role as well.
The Iowa General Assembly has designated UNI as the state's educational research and development center because of it's rich tradition of teacher preparation and focus on improving the educational experience of Iowa's students. As interim director, Heisterkamp will help further the center's initiatives by securing grants and implementing projects related to teacher preparation and pre-K through 12 education; measuring the impact and disseminating the outcomes of the center's research and development; leveraging partnerships across the state to inform decision-makers and drive policy grounded in research results; producing innovations to transform teaching, learning and education systems; and overseeing the center's staff.
"I am honored to be on the ground floor of building and shaping a center whose livelihood is contingent on asking new questions and viewing innovation as the status quo," said Heisterkamp.
Roughly 25 percent of Iowa's educators and 33 percent of school administrators come from UNI. More than 12,000 alumni educators live in Iowa and 500 new teachers graduate each year. Annually, around 3,500 in-service educators connect with UNI for professional development and continuing education. Another 400 in-service educators are enrolled in UNI graduate programs via distance education.