Academic Affairs Updates

Local Students Are Full STE(A)M Ahead

By Dr. Annette Lynch, School of Applied Human Sciences Director and Professor (Textiles and Apparel)

Gabriela Olivares Named UNI-NCBI Diversity Fellow

Harry Brod Named UNI-NCBI Director

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RISE-ing to the Challenge: UNI Refugee and Immigrant Support and Empowerment
By Dr. Adrienne Lamberti and Katy Resop Benway, Post-Baccalaureate Candidate (English)

Iowa has one of the fastest growing refugee populations in the nation; Waterloo alone is home to more than 2,000 refugees from Burma, and between 100-200 Congolese immigrants. Read More

Writing the World
By Marci Swank, M.A. in English (2015)

Students who've experienced it have called it one of UNI's best-kept secrets. Non-profit, not-for-profit, and for-profit organizations come back to it repeatedly. It has generated hundreds of communications impacting local, state, and inter/national audiences. Read More

Academic Master Plan Evolves

By Kayley Lobberecht, M.A. Candidate (Post-Secondary Education) and Dr. Adrienne Lamberti

President Ruud's charge to the Academic Affairs Division to develop an Academic Master Plan (AMP)—including a vision, mission, and strategic goals and outcomes—now has elicited several working drafts. Read More

Migrating Knowledge from the World into the Classroom: 2015 Fall Faculty Workshop

In late August, almost 200 UNI faculty explored innovative teaching strategies during the 2015 Fall Faculty Workshop on “Improving Students’ Critical Thinking Skills.” Read More

New eLearning Course Encourages Student Success via Quality Advising

By Dr. Susan Hill, Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning Director

Students are best served by advising that is accurate and efficient. Just in time for the fall semester, the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) has launched a new Advisor Development eLearning course. The course guides participants in five areas of core knowledge: Advising at UNI, Advisor Toolbox of Relational Skills, Referrals and Forms, Undergraduate Degrees and the Liberal Arts Core, Reading an Advisement Report, and Navigating the SIS. Read More

Dear Colleagues,

Welcome back to a glorious start of the 2015-16 academic year. As you know, we have a unique opportunity at the University of Northern Iowa to create a national model for teaching and learning in the 21st century, and given the pressures facing higher education there is some level of responsibility that falls to our shoulders because of this opportunity. Read more