Faculty Highlights


Business ethics research.   Journal of Business Ethics, the premier journal in the field, has selected Professor Mohammed Rawwas' article on the ethical beliefs of elderly consumers as a/classic/.  It is one of the 33 most cited articles ever published in this prestigious journal.

Executive compensation research.  According to the 2010 WorldatWork survey of compensation professionals, Professor Atul Mitra's research is the second most influential in the entire field of compensation.


  • Serving Iowa In one year, College of Education faculty and students contributed $24,494,784 to Iowa’s government and non-profit organizations. This service impact includes student teaching, student and faculty outreach, grants and contracts, volunteer hours and professional training.
  • Top Graduate Program College of Education (COE) graduate programs rank among the best in the nation, according to the 2012 edition of "Best Graduate Schools," published by U.S. News & World Report. All graduate programs within the COE's five departments were acknowledged for their high quality.
  • Nineteen recipients of Iowa School Administrators of the Year (superintendent, principal, central office administrator or fine arts administrator) since 1991 received their training at UNI.
  • The UNI Educational Leadership programs have the largest enrollment among the three Iowa Regents Universities and Drake. About 33 percent of Iowa’s school administrators come from the UNI Educational Leadership program.
  • Nearly 17,000 alumni educators teach worldwide. The College of Education has approximately 34,000 alumni around the world. More than 12,000 alumni educators teach in Iowa.
  • Of Iowa's 32 teacher education programs, UNI's is the largest, typically graduating 50 percent more teachers each year than the next largest program.
  • UNI offers 96 teaching endorsements, offered in all five academic colleges.
  • UNI has certified more students in Nonprofit Management through Nonprofit Leadership Alliance (formerly American Humanics) than any of the other 64 institutions across the country.  In the last academic year, UNI certified 27 students.
  • The Overseas Teacher Recruiting Fair is the oldest and largest in the world, attracting schools from more than 60 countries
  • UNI’s Jacobson Center for Comprehensive Literacy, supported by an endowment from Richard O. Jacobson, will work with Iowa 
schools to improve literacy for all Iowa students. The Center is implementing the Partnership in Comprehensive Literacy (PCL) model (developed by Linda Dorn at the University of Arkansas) and Professional Development School (PDS) model.
  • The Reading Recovery Center received $1.6 million as one of 16 university partners in the Investing in Innovations grant "Reading Recovery: Scaling Up What Works." The total grant of $49 million provides funds to prepare Reading Recovery teachers and teacher leaders.  In Iowa, the funds will provide preparation for 250 Reading Recovery teachers over a five-year period. 
    • In 2009-10, professional development workshops provided by the Center for Early Education in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (CEESTEM) reached almost 1,200 teachers and childcare providers in 32 Iowa counties across the state.
    • The College of Education offered “Hot Topics in Education” as free one-hour webinars taught by faculty and staff September through May. More than 300 educators have participated in these webinars.
    • UNI has the most math and science education majors (combined) of any college or university in Iowa.

Student Highlights

  • Anel Garza, principal candidate and teacher at Woodbury Elementary in Marshalltown was selected to travel to Washington, DC June 15 as a finalist for “Breaking Through Barriers” Award through the American Association of University Women. She developed a grassroots organization called Madrinas that focuses on mentoring Latinas in Marshalltown.

Faculty Highlights

  • Karla Krueger and Jean Donham were named the 2011 recipients of the American Association of School Librarian’s (AASL) Research Grant sponsored by Heinemann Raintree.
  • Nick Pace, educational leadership, was presented the Friends of Iowa Civil Rights, Inc. in recognition of his outstanding contributions to civil rights in Iowa.
  • Dr. Michael Waggoner, educational leadership, was elected for a three-year term as chair of the Religion & Education Special Interest Group of the American Educational Research Association (Present through 2014).
  •  Iradge Ahrabi-Fard, health, physical education & leisure services, was inducted into the Missouri Valley Conference Hall of Fame.
  • Jody Brucker, health, physical education & leisure services, received the 2011 Athletic Trainer Service Award from the National Athletic Trainer’s Association.
  • Mary Herring received the Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT) Special Service Award for documented notable service.

Alumni Highlights

  • Molly Boyle  96’ Molly was named the 2011 Iowa Teacher of the Year.  Boyle is a third grade teacher at Brookview Elementary School in West Des Moines, part of the Waukee School District. 
  • Shellie Pfohl 85’ Shellie was appointed in 2010 by President Obama as executive director of the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition and as such, manages the activities and operation of the President’s Council and leads the Council’s efforts related to First Lady Michelle Obama’s national “Let’s Move!” campaign to solve childhood obesity within a generation.


Theresa Camilli, assistant professor of music, received the 2011 National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy "Best Research Paper" Award. She presented the peer-reviewed paper, "Parental and Personality Factors that Predict Length of Piano Study," at the conference this past July in Chicago.

Brian McInnis, assistant professor in the Department of Modern Languages, was awarded a Fulbright fellowship to attend the Baden-Württemberg Seminar for American Faculty in German Studies from June 20 to July 2, 2011.  The program highlighted changes in German secondary and post-secondary education as a result of demographic developments, ethnic diversity and European standards.

Last spring, John Groves was awarded a $65,000 grant from the American Chemical Society Petroleum Research Fund for his project, "Tests for the Possibility of Photosymbiosis in Late Paleozoic Fusuline Foraminifera." The grant will enable him to hire two undergraduate assistants every semester for three years.

(P&S staff):  Jerry Thiel was awarded the American Foundry Society (AFS) Scientific Merit Award at the 2011 Casting Congress; this is the second highest award given by the AFS.He also received the 2011 Howard Taylor Award for research that significantly influences the future of the metal casting industry.


One recent faculty accomplishment out of CSBS is a research lab established by Andrey Petrov with NSF and NASA project funding.  He has established the Arctic Social and Environmental Systems Research Lab (ARCSES), housed within the Department of Geography at UNI. For more information, visit www.uni.edu/apetrov/arcses/.

Phyllis Baker, Director of Women's & Gender Studies and Professor of Sociology, was awarded an ACE Fellowship, the first such award to a UNI faculty member of the 1500 awarded to date. According to ACE, "This unique program condenses years of on-the-job experience and skills development into a single year. As a result, the ACE Fellows Program is the most effective, comprehensive leadership development program in American higher education today".

History Professor Louis Fenech recently published two books, /Martyrdom in the Sikh Tradition/ and /The Dharbar of Sikh Gurus/, both by Oxford University Press. Oxford has asked that he edit the /Handbook of Sikh Studies/, the definitive compendium of Sikh Studies in the world.

Chris Larimer: Professor of Political Science was awarded funding from the National Science Foundation to study gender dynamics on local boards and commissions in Iowa.  The purpose of the project is to study how recently passed legislation requiring all local boards and commissions to be "gender-balanced" affects the process of decision making as well as policy outcomes.  He has been conducting field observations of boards in Iowa, surveying board members and videotaping board meetings.   The date collected from the project are being used to test hypotheses about how men and women make decisions in groups of varying gender composition, and importantly, how this affects the policy outcomes that are produced. Professor Larimer has published widely in the flagship journals of Political Science.