UIU announces new and endowed faculty

Upper Iowa University formally introduced new and endowed faculty members to its staff during Faculty Development Day at Fayette Campus Tuesday, August 21. UIU educators provide instruction at Fayette Campus, through 20 domestic and international education centers, online and as part of the University’s self-paced degree programs. The first day of UIU classes is Monday, August 27.

The new Upper Iowa University faculty members are as follows:

School of Business

Philip Heckman, Jr., Assistant Professor Marketing, comes to UIU from LIM College in New York and he has also taught online courses for UIU’s School of Business since 2015.  Heckman earned an MBA from the University of Phoenix and a bachelor’s degree in political science from Boston University.

Andres School of Education

Dr. Susan Massey, Assistant Professor of Education, was most recently employed with the Northern Illinois University Department of Curriculum and Instruction.  She will be teaching for the Andres School of Education at the UIU-Des Moines Center.  Massey holds a Ph.D. in reading education from the University of Virginia, a master’s degree from Millersville University of Pennsylvania, and a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from University of Illinois.

Dr. Karen Potter, Assistant Professor of Education, comes to Upper Iowa from New Mexico State University’s College of Education.  Potter graduated with a Ph.D. and master’s degree in special education at the University of New Mexico. She also earned bachelor’s degrees in English and secondary education at New Mexico State University.

Angela Rowan, Assistant Professor of Education, comes to UIU from New Hampton (Iowa) Community School District. She earned a Masters of Education in literacy education and a bachelor’s degree in K-6 elementary education, with a minor in K-6 special education from University of Northern Iowa.

Jessica Strand, Assistant Professor of Education, was most recently employed with Clover Park School District – Four Heroes Elementary in Lakewood, Washington.  She will be teaching for the Andres School of Education at the UIU-Quad Cities Center. Strand has a master’s degree in teaching from George Fox University and a bachelor’s in business finance and marketing from Northwestern College.


School of Liberal Arts

Mitchell Lorenz, Assistant Professor of Psychology, is coming to UIU from the Reinert Center for Transformative Teaching and Learning at St. Louis University.  Lorenz is currently completing his Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology at Saint Louis University. He previously earned a master’s degree in general experimental psychology from Western Illinois University and a bachelor’s degree in psychology/criminal justice from Simpson College.

Mary Reding, Writing Center Director and Full-Time Term Lecturer of English, has a master’s degree in English literature from Iowa State University and a bachelor’s degree in English, with a minor in creative writing from the University of Northern Iowa. She comes to UIU from Wartburg College.

Dr. Sara Reed, Program Director of the Master of Public Administration and Assistant Professor of Public Administration, is coming to UIU from Lewis University. She earned a doctorate in political science from Northern Illinois University, a Master of Public Administration from University of Nebraska, and a bachelor’s degree in recreation, park and leisure studies from University of Minnesota.

Dr. Isaiah Stansbery, Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice, completed his Doctor of Business Administration, with a criminal justice focus, at Northcentral University. He was most recently employed with the Department of Correctional Services for the State of Iowa and has taught for Upper Iowa as an adjunct in the Criminal Justice Program. Stansbery holds a master’s in criminal justice management and bachelor’s degrees in business administration and criminal justice administration from Columbia College.

School of Science and Mathematics

Dr. Dana Bates, Assistant Professor of Mathematics, comes to UIU from Kirkwood Community College. Bates earned a doctorate, master’s degree, and bachelor’s degrees in mathematics and computer science at University of Iowa.

Endowed Faculty
The University also announced the prestigious appointments of five members of its esteemed faculty to endowed faculty positions. The honorees include Dr. Billie Cowley as the Laura Heddleson Endowed Chair in Education, Dr. Kata McCarville as the Delano Professor of Science, Dr. Meghan Mettler as the Maltbie Professor of Social Science, and Elissa Wenthe as the McCosh Professor of Fine Arts. Dr. Scott Figdore, Professor of Science, was also reappointed to the Robert L. Fox Endowed Chair of Science. These endowed faculty positions are supported by the Maltbie-McCosh-Delano Professorship Fund, Robert L. Fox Endowed Chair in Science, and Heddleson Education Endowment.  Each of the five endowed faculty members will provide a public lecture over the coming year.

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